Manchego bites MG 1283


by Julie Hartigan of Cooking w Julie

Spanish Manchego & Serrano Party Bites

Serves 15

Bring a taste of Spain to your next party with these easy to make appetizers! The classic pairing of rich, nutty imported Manchego, savory Serrano ham, and lightly sweet-tart Membrillo quince paste is combined into a delectable filling for crisp little tarts. You may want to double this recipe because these are sure to go fast!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword party appetizer, imported Manchego, party bites, Manchego and Serrano ham


  • 2/3 cup shredded imported Manchego cheese, divided
  • 2 oz errano ham or prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp membrillo (quince paste)
  • 1 tsp minced fresh sage, additional for garnish
  • 1 package mini filo shells (in your grocer's freezer case)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Combine 1/2 cup imported Manchego cheese, ham, membrillo, and sage in a mini chop food processor. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and pulse to combine. (Or combine in a bowl and lightly mash with a fork to mix in quince paste.) 

  2. Place filo shells on prepared pan and fill with cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 5 minutes or until warmed through. Garnish with additional chopped sage and serve.

  3. Tip: You can make these up to 1 day ahead - just be sure to bake them when ready to serve.