Monday, September 5, 2011

Friday Night Dates :: 15

I'm inviting romance into my life
one Friday Night Date at a time
and documenting each one here on my little ol' blog.

I want to remember every detail
of these splendid home spun dates.


Date #15


The Manchego cheese may look like
a plate of slop but it was so decadent.
The film dazzled both of us
as we sipped on Spanish wine and drank up the culture.

The movie was sultry and thought provoking.
I was wooed by the seductive plot.

Here are the recipes...

Warm Almond Crusted Manchego Cheese with Hot Garlic Vinaigrette and Slivered Almonds
{Adapted from Food Network}


* 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
* Salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1 large egg
* 1 tablespoon water
* 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
* 2 tablespoons ground almonds
* 1 (8-ounce) slice manchego cheese, about 1-inch thick
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* Hot Garlic Vinaigrette, recipe follows
* 1/4 cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted
* 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley


Set up 3 bowls: 1 with flour seasoned with salt and pepper, 1 with egg and 1 tablespoon of water and seasoned with salt and pepper, and 1 with the bread crumbs and ground almonds.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Cut cheese into 2 equal pieces. Dredge the cheese first in the flour, then in the egg wash, and finally in the bread crumbs. Place the cheese in a small cazuela, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown and the cheese is soft. Immediately drizzle with the Hot Garlic Vinaigrette and sprinkle with slivered almonds and parsley. Serve with warm crusty bread.

Hot Garlic Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons aged sherry vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil over low heat in small saute pan. Add garlic and cook until light golden brown. Remove from heat and whisk in the vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

Did you find time for romance this weekend?


Linda D. said...

Yummy pictures, yummy recipe, yummy movie. It sounds, well .. yummy!

Linda D. said...

OH yes, how I found romance with my hubby? We went to see a pretty bad movie, Apollo 18 (think Blair Witch Project or Cloverfield meets Astronauts). Even though we could have been bummed about the movie, we decided to laugh it off, leave the moment the movie was over, and have a nice late night feasting on spicy nachos!

Sue said...

We did find romance this weekend. Dinner and a movie with a few fireworks (!) later.


From Tracie said...


You make me hungry with these date night posts. And you remind me to make an effort to spark some romance, which is a good thing.

Caroline said...

We LOVED Vicky Christina Barcelona!!! My husband and I both adore Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem!! And isn't that a Woody Allen movie or am I getting that confused? At any rate--we really liked it.

We DID have some romance this weekend I am happy to report, but sadly no pics were taken. But I did think of you when I was whipping up a yummy, gourmet-ish (and I stress the "ish") something-something in the kitchen! :)

p.s. everything looks great and it looks like y'all had another super fab night!!

Katherine said...

You always have such yummy foods. When the Hubster and I have a movie night, we usually just have popcorn.