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Three easy "tapas" for your next party

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When you're having guests, sometimes you just don't want to make a big meal.

Elise Johnson with BJ's Wholesale Club visited WBTV News Saturday Morning to share recipes for "tapas", or small plates, that are sure to be a hit.

The recipes follow:

Shrimp in Verde Sauce

30 large shrimp with tails intact

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

7 cloves of garlic

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 Spanish onion, cut in large slices

1 cup fresh parsley

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1/2 cup dry sherry

Begin by sauteing the shrimp and garlic in one tablespoon of olive oil and butter. Remove the shrimp, allow to the shrimp to cool.

Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender and pour over shrimp.

Marinated Olives

1 orange, peeled with a vegetable peeler

1 lemon, peeled with a vegetable peeler

6 garlic cloves, smashed with the skins left on

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 tablespoons sherry vinegar

2 sprigs fresh thyme

1 sprig rosemary

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon salt

1 pound combination of olives

In a large bowl, combine the orange and lemon peel, juice of both orange and lemon, garlic, oil, vinegar, thyme and salt. Add the olives and mix well. Marinate for at least 12 hours, covered, and serve at room temperature. It gets better as it sits.

Brandied Truffles

1 (12 oz) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 c. butter

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (make sure it's sweetened)

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup good brandy

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

60 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In medium saucepan, combine chocolate chips and butter. Cook on low, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and brandy; mix well. Add flour to mixture and, with wooden spoon, stir together completely. Remove from warm pan to a bowl. By placing waxed paper on top of the dough as you shape the Bonbons you will avoid drying out the dough. Using a tablespoon measuring tool, take one tablespoon of cookie dough and place one unwrapped Hershey Kiss in the middle, close up the dough around the Kiss and roll in your hands until a ball forms. Place all bonbons on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 9 to 10 minutes. You can place them fairly close together on the cookie sheet because they do not increase in size while baking in the oven. Watch them carefully and DO NOT OVER BAKE. They will look shiny when they come out.

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