I want to start off by thanking Try The World for sending me their Spain themed box and allowing me to use their ingredients to create yummy recipes ?. You guys rock!
I don’t know if you feel the same way, but I think that receiving and opening packages is probably one of the best things ever, especially when they are filled with delicious surprise ingredients! From the day Try The World contacted me and shipped their box, I was SO excited to see what was inside! It was like an early-Spain-themed-Christmas ??.
This whole company-sending-a-box-with-a-bunch-of-random-stuff thing is a HUGE deal right now. They have one that sends stuff for your dogs, one that sends snacks, one that sends makeup, and A BILLION other things…nah mean? #trending.
But I personally feel Try The World is one of the coolest and most unique ones out there because of how AWESOME their box themes are. Countries!! You get to try different delicacies that are hand picked for you from all these different parts of the world…hence “Try The World.” SO COOL!!!!!!
That is the first time I have ever said that word before in my life…but I just need to get real with you and have a little pow-wow.
Y’all. THIS BOX WAS SO FUN TO OPEN.
I shall tell you a tale of the evening I received this box.
I got home from work, saw the box on the porch, did a little happy dance, ran inside, opened the box (barely having enough patience to photograph as I went), and drooled over all the delicious ingredients inside.
I was so inspired by their yummy-ness that I didn’t want to wait until this weekend to make a recipe using everything in the box. So I came up with a recipe and drove like a mad woman to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients I needed. At this point it was very suspect that I was going to be able to finish everything and still have light to photograph.
But I was being irrational and didn’t want to wait until the next day to make my dish.
Hence the mad woman driving. On a military base. Prooooobably not a good idea.
What can I say??
I live life on the edge, people. Especially when it comes to making these ultimate Spanish crostinis ?.
So I got home, had the best time EVER making this dish using my gourmet Spanish ingredients, photographed the crostinis, and devoured.
Well….Seth devoured. I was starving while shopping at the grocery store (never a good idea), bought pimento cheese, and ate half the tub on the way home…so I was full ?.
I did try one of the crostinis though….it was BOMB.
The base = delicious, soft bread slathered with Spanish olive oil and toasted to perfection.
These toasty morsels are removed from the oven, rubbed with a garlic clove, topped with a little bit of shredded Manchego cheese, and popped in the oven for a few more minutes to crisp back up.
Next layer = a hefty spoonful of the most fresh, delicious, delicate yet flavorful tomato spread EVER.
Okay so side note before I continue: one of the box ingredients was tuna packed in oil. This did not excite me…it kiiiind of sketched me out. First of all, canned tuna isn’t exactly the filet Mignon of canned foods. And packed in oil? Um…weird.
You guys, it was soooooo good. Just so so good. I was blown away by the tuna. Shocked is probably a better word to use. SO GOOD!!
Moist and succulent.
Stir some of that together with a leeeeeeettle bit of mayonnaise and a loooooot of Delicious with a capital “D” paprika.
And ta-daaaaa! Drool-worthy.
Sprinkle some minced shallot on top of your tomato spread before spreading a generous dollop of this tuna/paprika goodness on top.
Throw some chopped pistachios and cilantro on top and you are good to go.
Take a bite and transport your taste buds to a cafe in Spain eating tapas.
- 3 - 5 slices of French bread
- Spanish olive oil (from Try the World "Spain" box)
- 1 garlic clove
- ¼ cup fresh grated Manchego cheese (or any other firm, mild white cheese)
- ¼ cup fresh tomato spread (from Try The World "Spain" box)
- 2.5 oz tuna packed in oil (from Try The World "Spain" box) - drained
- 1.5 teaspoons mayonnaise
- ¾ teaspoons good paprika (from Try The World "Spain" box)
- 1 fresh shallot, finely minced
- Chopped pistachios and chopped cilantro for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Brush the Spanish olive oil onto the top sides of your French bread slices
- Bake the bread for about 5 - 10 minutes, or until it is lightly golden brown
- Slice the top of a garlic clove off so you have a flat surface, and rub the clove over the tops of the toasted bread slices for extra flavor
- Sprinkle the Manchego cheese over top of the toasted bread slices
- Place back in the oven until the cheese has melted
- Meanwhile, stir your drained tuna, paprika, and mayonnaise together in a bowl
- Season to taste with salt
- Top your crostinis with a dollop of fresh tomato spread
- Sprinkle some fresh shallot on top of that
- Spread a dollop of your tuna/paprika mixture on top of the shallot
- Top with chopped pistachios and cilantro