sweet potato-goat cheese quesadillas
savory cheese galette
mushrooms on grilled bread
salt cod salad
Mexican chocolate mousse
The first three recipes came to me from fennel, the galette was from epicurious, and the rest of the savory recipes were from Joanne Weir's From Tapas to Meze, which only has about 30 more recipes I want to try, so I might actually have to buy my own damn copy. (We were using the one from the library. Yay, library!)
And the mousse was an adaptation of the chocolate mousse from Best Recipes: I used their recipe plus 1/4 t. nutmeg (which was not enough,) 1/4 t. cayenne (which people seemed to think was about right, but if I'm ever making it for people who are into heat, this could easily be doubled,) and 1/2 t. cinnamon (which was just right.)
Each of the recipes from Weir's book indicated that it would serve six, but it didn't specify whether that was serving six as a meal of, say, three parts (i.e., protein, starch, veggie) or as a series of tapas. It turns out that we probably would have had more than enough food if we'd made half as many dishes, but then I would have ruined my reputation of putting on food-related social events that involve way too fucking much food.
I'm hard-pressed to narrow this list down to even a couple of favorites, but standouts, for me, were the swordfish and the quesadillas, both of which were delightfully flavorful and delicious. The mushrooms were an easy hit for me because, hey! mushrooms! But they were not as good as my sex-in-a-pan mushrooms. The big disappointment were the potatoes, which weren't bad, just... eh. We missed a final step on the sauce, though, and didn't roast the potatoes to crispness, both of which would have helped. Now that I know how to make kaddo, I will be making it all the time, though. That's kind of dangerous.
I will be typing at least some of these recipes up for my records, and I'll post them here. If there's one you particularly want to see, drop me a line.