In the Bender Kitchen: No Stress Summer Tapas with Singing Chef Neil Fuentes



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Summer time is the time of unexpected guests, which means unanticipated cooking. It is hot outside and you don’t want to sweat with an oven inside or a grill outside, what should you do?

Neil Fuentes from The New Haven Academy of Performing Arts shares easy tapas dishes you can throw together with ingredients you probably already have.


Sweet Bell peppers, cream cheese and crackers:


  • 1 Cream cheese
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon


Place the water, peppers, sugar and cinnamon in a small soup pan and cook for about 5 minutes at medium heat. Let this mixture chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.

To serve, pour the mixture on the cream cheese and serve with crackers.


Tomato, prosciutto Panini

  • 6 slices of Prosciutto
  • 1 Baguette
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • Granulated garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Slice the Baguette in 1 inch slices. Cut the tomatoes in half and with a spoon take the pulp out and place it in a skillet, add 1/2 tbsp of granulated garlic, a pinch of salt and pepper, add about 1/4 cup of olive oil. Turn the stove on to a medium heat. Mix all the ingredients as they are warming up. Once they start to bubble, place the slices of bread on the skillet, turn the heat to medium high heat and Cook for about 2 minutes. You are literally frying the bread.

Take the bread off the skillet and serve on a tray. You can place a slice of prosciutto to each slice or you can put the prosciutto in the center of the tray with a fork so the guests can choose to have meat or not.


Quick shrimp salad

  • 1 cup of mini shrimp, already cooked
  • 1/4 cup of diced red onions
  • 1/4 cup of bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup of tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of yellow corn
  • 1/4 cup of black beans
  • The Juice of 1 Lime
  • salt
  • pepper


Mix all the ingredients adding salt and pepper to taste. Serve with your favorite crackers.


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