Given that the Mediterranean menu mix offers a little something for everybody, it’s not surprising that restaurant operators are taking advantage of the profit potential of recipes from this flavor-rich region. Tapas, meze, antipasti and other Mediterranean-style appetizers offer customers a wide array of choices.
In this month’s recipe section, you’ll find the flavors of Italy reflected in menu items such as Prosciutto and Fig Pouches with Winter Fruits, adapted from Valentino in Santa Monica, California. For bread-lovers, look for Steak Bruschetta, Tuscan Pizza, Asiago and Pepper Bread and Prosciutto Pita Triangles. Other appetizer ideas include Mediterranean-style Tomato Soup, and a salad of Grilled Fennel and Endive.
In addition, look for the Greek Crab Crostini withOnion Relish, and Chicken Spinach Spanakopita. Spanish-style cuisine is represented by recipes such as almond-crusted Manchego cheese, served at Bolo in New York City, and a Spanish Tortilla served with Mediterranean Vegetable Salad.
Mediterranean influences take on a regional twist with recipes such as CatfishNicoise with Anchovy Dressing, served at Chez Philippe in the Peabody Hotel, Memphis. Look for these ideas, and more, on the following pages.