A Match Made in Heaven: Spicy Eggplant Frittata “Montadito” & Rioja Wine

This is a sponsored post by Rioja Wines  in collaboration with Honest Cooking 


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One of the most popular items in Spanish cuisine is, without a doubt, what us Spaniards call “tapas”.

“Tapas” are simply a variety of appetizers served on small plates. They are extremely popular all over the country, each region featuring different variations. Some are hot, some are cold, and they can be served as appetizers or even a as a main meal.

Having grown up in Spain, you can probably imagine how many different varieties of tapas we’ve had the opportunity to try! Something we absolutely miss, but can be easily made at home.

The recipe we’re sharing today is a spicy eggplant fritatta “montadito”

A “montadito” is  type of “tapa” that consist of a small piece of crunchy bread (usually a slice of baguette), topped with, well,  pretty much anything!  In the Cataluña region of Spain, where we’re from, the bread is usually rubbed with fresh, ripe tomato, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with a pinch of salt (Pan con Tomate).

Here, we topped the bread with  an eggplant fritatta (called “tortilla” in Spain) and added a spicy mayo just to give it a little kick.

No “tapa” is complete without, of course, a good Spanish wine. Choose a Rioja wine, and you”ll have a match made in heaven.

Rioja is a region of Spain that produces some of the best wines in the world. It was the first in the country to be awarded the “Denomincion de Origen” status, a regulatory classification system  for Spanish wines, which pretty much guarantees the production of superior quality products made exclusively from grapes from the Rioja region.

The wine we chose to pair with our “montadito” is a Kosher Ramon Cardova Rioja, made from 100% Tempranillo grapes. These are carefully selected from old vines surrounding the town of Haro, La Rioja.  Smooth, earthy and spicy, this red Rioja wine complements this “tapa” beautifully.

We hope you  enjoy this little taste of Spain!

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Montadito Picante de Tortilla de Berejenas
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  • 1 large eggplant, diced
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Pimenton De La Vera or smoked paprika if you cannot find it
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • For the spicy mayo:
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp Pimenton De La Vera
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3-4 dashes hot sauce (or to taste)
  • ½ garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 baguette, sliced into 10 -12 slices
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggplant, olive oil, salt and 1 teaspoon of Pimenton De La Vera. Mix well and transfer to the lined baking sheet. Bake at 400F for 25 minutes. Let it cool slightly and reduce oven temperature to 375F
  3. Transfer eggplant to a large bowl. Add beaten eggs, parsley and ¼ tsp salt
  4. Coat a square 8 x 8 with cooking spray. Pour eggplant mixture and bake at 375F for 25 minute. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. In the meantime, prepare the spicy mayo. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well
  6. Cut the eggplant "tortilla" in half, and each half in 5 or 6 rectangular pieces
  7. Lightly toast sliced baguette. Spread spicy mayo and top with a piece of tortilla, ½ cherry tomato and a tooth pick


Spicy Eggplant Frittata "Montadito" #tapas #vegetarian #Spain #eggplant #spicy


Spicy Eggplant Frittata "Montadito" #tapas #vegetarian #Spain #eggplant #spicy

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17 Responses to A Match Made in Heaven: Spicy Eggplant Frittata “Montadito” & Rioja Wine

  1. cindele July 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    I think that this is your best posting ever!! My fantasy is that you both would show up at my door with a few bottles of this wine, a hugh tray of these tapas, and join me and some close friends for an afternoon of celebrating good taste and good friends!!

    • Vicky & Ruth July 31, 2014 at 7:24 am #

      Thank you so much Cindy! We would love to show up at your door one day with tapas and some rioja wine. Just let us know when.

  2. Paula Z July 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Great idea! Thank you for a great recipe!

  3. Couldn't Be Parve August 1, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    This sounds so amazing, it sounds like the perfect thing for a casual get together.
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  4. Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong August 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    The eggplant frittata looks delicious!! Yumm!!
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  5. Consuelo - Honey & Figs August 3, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Ohhhh My – these look brilliant! Bonus points for tht La Rioja wine – it’s amaaaaaazing! xx
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    • Vicky & Ruth August 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

      Thank you Consuelo. Rioja wine is soooo good!

  6. Jamie Geller August 4, 2014 at 3:32 am #

    I would love this without the bread (of course I would love it with the bread too but trying to keep the carbs down :-)

    • Vicky & Ruth August 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

      We can totally relate about the carbs, but we like to indulge once in a while :-)

  7. Ronnie Fein August 7, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    This is perfect perfect perfect for this weekend, when I am having company. I never thought to put frittata on bread as an hors d’oeuvre. Perfect! And the recipe itself sounds perfect, especially the combo with the spicy mayo. Thanks for this. Love it.
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    • Vicky & Ruth August 21, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      We are glad you are loving this recipe Ronnie! It really is perfect for hors d’oeuvre :)

  8. Sarah Klinkowitz August 10, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    This looks very delicious! Excellent post and photography.
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  9. Epifanía Gallego August 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Hi I love eggplant, i think this recipe will be good for me, but i have a question. Can I made this recipe with Egg beaters. I have to watch my cholesterol and what about Mayo without eggs.

    • Vicky & Ruth September 2, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

      Yes, absolutely! Egg whites or egg beaters and eggless mayo would work perfectly here. Just follow the packaging measurements for substitutions. Hope you enjoy it!

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