Small is chic. Small cars, small phones, and now, small plates of food. So why not throw a “small plates soiree” and let a variety of Kikkoman sauces and marinades add to the festive flavor?
You might know “small plates” as Spanish tapas. The centuries-old tradition of enjoying one or two bites from a small plate originated in that colorful country. Some say it was a result of Spaniards placing tiny plates on top of their drinks to protect them from dust (and who knows what), back in the day. Then, someone had the bright idea of placing a morsel of food atop the plate. Something to nibble with the drink — be it traditional sherry or sangria.
Today, small plates offer a fun way to take a culinary trip with all kinds of foods — hot and cold, savory and sweet. Tapas embrace the flavors of Italy, southern France, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East and beyond. And that’s where Kikkoman comes in. With a spectrum of flavors, from Kikkoman Roasted Garlic Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce to light, lemony Kikkoman Ponzu, Kikkoman makes it easy to add layers of flavor to simple foods.
Try these tasty tidbits for your soiree:
Mini meatballs are a tapas tradition. A couple of tablespoons of Kikkoman Soy Sauce add a new flavor dimension to any meatball recipe—from pork to turkey.
Grill or broil large shrimp brushed with Kikkoman Toasted Sesame Quick & Easy Marinade.
Give sautéed scallops a flavor boost with Kikkoman Ponzu — a beguiling blend of lime juice, lemongrass, garlic and ginger.
Slice your favorite cooked sausages and add a few dabs of thick, rich Kikkoman Teriyaki Takumi Collection Garlic & Green Onion or Kikkoman Hoisin Sauce to the plate for dipping.
Offer an assortment of quality olives and diced cheeses to go with the meat and seafood.
No-fuss, but welcome sweets for dessert include dates, figs, dried plums or apricots, and chunks of good dark chocolate.
It’s all so simple. No silverware necessary! Serve buffet style with several small plates (use saucers) arrayed on tables, or gather a small group around a coffee table and provide lots of sturdy toothpicks (or place toothpicks in each piece of food, before serving). Add your favorite beverages and the party’s on.