Do you like to throw parties? Boquete is the perfect place to throw a party, with it’s cool mountain air to create the ultimate atmosphere, and with lots of folks living here who love to socialize. What better party to throw than a Tapas Party?

Panama is a Spanish country, and tapas is the perfect food to serve when friends and visitors get together. No one knows that better than Foodie Couture Chef, Dede Basden, visiting Boquete from Dallas, Texas.

During her visit to Boquete, Dede hosted a huge tapas party in my kitchen, one that included the guests preparing drinks and intriguing tiny dishes, laughing and munching throughout the evening while listening to Latin music. What a fun party!

Foodie Couture Tapas Party Menu

Red and White Sangria
Cayenne Shrimp Chips with Spicy Sriracha Aioli
Spicy Tuna Crisps
Corvina Ceviche in Egg-roll Cups
Mushroom Ravioli with Balsamic Brown Butter
Grilled Steak with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese
Chocolate Banana Egg rolls

The formula for a Tapas Party is simple: invite 12 good friends, get together ingredients for sangria and six tapas dishes, provide a recipe to each couple, put on some Latin music and let your guests do the rest.

Tapas are eaten throughout the party, as each dish is completed. It may be necessary to stop and make another pitcher of Sangria, no problem.

Be sure to have plenty of small plates on hand, plastic works just fine. And, include an easy dessert such as Dede’s Banana Eggrolls with Chocolate Syrup.

12 small eggroll sheets
6 bananas, cut in half
2 Hershey’s chocolate bars, cut into squares
1 cup shredded coconut, toasted
1 cup vegetable oil
Chocolate syrup, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream and coconut for garnishes

Place one eggroll wrapper diagonally on the counter and center a piece of banana on the lower half of the wrapper. Top with chocolate squares and coconut flakes. Roll the wrapper up over the banana and bring sides towards the middle so the extra dough is in the middle, forming a packet. Lightly wet the end of the wrapper so it will stick together. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat and when oil begins to bubble slightly, add the eggrolls and brown on all sides until crisp. Remove from pan and serve with chocolate syrup, ice cream, whipped cream and coconut flakes.

Dede has a standing Invitation to return to Boquete anytime and, if she has time, we’d love to have her host another one of her delightful parties! If you might be interested in partying with Dede, please let me know or check out her website at
Enjoy the party!