Skewered pickles

Skewered pickles

Banderillas

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Spanish Made Simple
Makes
As many as you like

Pickled banderillas – customized skewers with your favourite pickles – are another ubiquitous tapa in bars around Spain. We love all pickles; in our supermarkets you will find a wide range of brined vegetables from garlic to artichokes, and fish, from mussels to anchovies. The vinegar flavour tastes exciting in your mouth and it is the perfect match for a beer or two, as an aperitivo. In Spain you can find banderillas ready made, but we prefer to make them ourselves and choose the ingredients we fancy.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
white or salted anchovies
green spanish queen olives
green chilli peppers in brine
pickled silver onions
gherkins
extra virgin olive oil
18cm wooden skewers or strong cocktail sticks

Method

  1. Roll an anchovy around an olive and poke a skewer through the middle, getting both sides of the fish and making sure they are well stacked. Next, introduce a chilli pepper. Because they are normally quite long, I recommend you cut it in half or fold it over. Follow this with a baby onion and lastly, introduce the gherkin. This ingredient should not be missing in any combination; it is the main pickle of the banderilla. Prick the gherkin horizontally. Of course, you can change the order of the ingredients, as you like.
  2. Repeat to make all the skewers you require. Pour over a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and serve.
Tags:
Spanish
simple
weekday
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