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Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste

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Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste is a much loved tapa. In Spanish cuisine tapas refer to a variety of appetizers or snacks that can be simple like this cheese and quince combination or banderillas on toothpicks. They can also be more complex including sauces and even pastry. If you like appetizers tapas are worth exploring.

This tapa of Manchego cheese with quince paste is easy and delicious, yet just a little bit different. Simply cut into triangles it has an impressive presentation making it ideal for the holiday season.

Manchego cheese is a sharp, hard sheeps’ milk cheese. Once difficult to find it can now quite easily be found at deli counters and specialty cheese shops. If you cannot find Manchego cheese substitute a well-aged Italian Asiago, Pecorino or even a sharp, white English cheddar.

Quince Paste vs Quince Jam

In Spanish quince paste is called membrillo or dulce de membrillo. It is a sweet, thick, jelly made from the pulp of the quince fruit. It is sold in round or rectangular-shaped plastic tubs and is firm enough to be sliced. I most often see quince paste in shops around the Christmas holidays and it reminds me to make this tapa. Look for it in the deli section or in specialty food shops. In Calgary I sometimes buy it at the Cookbook Company.

Is there a substitute? If you cannot find quince paste you could do the same idea using quince jam or fig jam. Rather than slicing the paste simply spread the jam on the cheese pieces and serve it the same way.

Organize For Success – Holiday Appetizers

Planning ahead is a useful skill. We can all do it and yet we all don’t do it too. For custom eaters it is more important. Not planning creates a lot of stress. A simple list of your Top 10 favourite appetizers, mental or written, will serve you well. If you like cheese add this Manchego Cheese with Quince Paste to your list. Here are a few other appetizers you might want to check out.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go make that list. Let me know in the comments below if this appetizer made it on your list.


1/2 lb Manchego cheese
1/2 lb quince paste


Cut Manchego cheese into triangles.
Cut quince paste into triangles slightly smaller than the cheese. Place on cheese.
Arrange on tray. Serve at room temperature.


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