Tapas Date Night: Cheese, Tomato and Bread

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We enjoy having mid-week date nights. It's a nice way to break up a week, gives us something to look forward to, and we always have delicious food and drink. Last week, instead of going out, we stayed in, and made tapas to go along with a delicious Rosé from Tablas Creek Winery.

It all started with good bread. I brushed the bread slices with olive oil and had the husband grill them outside. The grilled bread was so good by itself, we could have just eaten it plain. But it's date night, and you can't have only bread for date night. The husband gathered tomatoes from the garden, and I raided the fridge for cheeses, sausages, and other toppings. Once everything was sliced, assembly was easy and fun. This is where you can get as creative as you'd like, I followed no recipes, letting the flavors speak to me.

I made several variations. We had tomato, mozzarella and basil skewers, drizzled with balsamic syrup. There was also, bread, tomato and cheese, AND bread, eggplant caviar and chorizo, AND bread, cheese, and roasted pepper, AND bread, cheese, and pepper jam. This chipotle jam stuff was given to us by friends recently, and it is pretty incredible -- sweet, smoky and savory, all at the same time. We also had delicious sardines in olive oil, olives, and lots of wine. It was a good ol' time sitting in the backyard, listening to birds and crickets, until the mosquitoes decided to join in on the fun, and we had to run for cover. Unfortunately, we didn't run fast enough, and the little bugs left their love marks on us. It must have been their date night as well.

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