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I'm trying to recreate a dish I had in the Orio restaurant in Valencia, Spain.

For lunch, Orio serves a vast buffet of Basque-style open sandwiches (pinchos), including our favorite, which was topped with a small piece of some kind of savory flan or custard. It was thin (about 1cm high), had some kind of cheese in it (possibly even a blue cheese) and herbs, and had a soft, custard/flan consistency.

In the photo, it's the one in the center, with a tomato jam and pistachios on top (not the one on the lower left, which is a regular Spanish Tortilla. This is something different).

Is this a generally known Spanish or Basque dish? Or is it something particular to a few Pinchos bars? I know it's not unique to Orio because I've found it in stock images.

I own multiple Spanish and Basque cookbooks and haven't been able to find anything quite like it, possibly because I don't know what it's called. So mainly looking for a name here.

photo of five pinchos on a plate.  The center one, with a rectangle of white and a red sauce, is the one I'm asking about

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    You know you're in trouble when you ask a question on SA and within hours it becomes the #1 result for your related search terms.
    – FuzzyChef
    Nov 29, 2022 at 21:33
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    Spanish here! Never seen it... Was it sweet or salty? Did it taste like cheese (strong I assume?) or did it have cheese in it (like something filled with cheese)? Idiazabal cheese is used in the Basque Country. Also, it looks like a flan but it might be some kind of egg-white omelette with cheese? Try calling them up (that specific restaurant) and asking them! I'm sure it won't be a problem!
    – M.K
    Dec 1, 2022 at 13:35
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    More sweet than salty. It tasted like cheese, but muted enough that it was hard to tell what kind of cheese; it could have been cream cheese, or some very mild blue cheese. Is "egg-white omelette with cheese" a common thing? Got any links, including in Spanish?
    – FuzzyChef
    Dec 1, 2022 at 18:59
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    BTW, "that is not any common recipe and is probably particular to that restaurant" is a valid possible Answer.
    – FuzzyChef
    Dec 1, 2022 at 19:00
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    Wow, thanks! The sauce might not have been tomato. It was tart. It definitely wasn't blueberry, though. This could have been a "semi-savory cheesecake", particularly if said cheesecake had gelatin in it to give it more structure.
    – FuzzyChef
    Dec 1, 2022 at 21:54

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I've had similar ones at places in Barcelona. This is likely not a flan and just a soft creamy blue cheese with pepper or quince jelly topped with different nuts - it looks like yours may have pine nuts and pistachios.

Here is a link to some pictures of Irati's pinchos that look similar to what you're looking for: https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g187497-d717425-i148225979-Irati_Taverna_Basca-Barcelona_Catalonia.html

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  • Can you tell me which cheese?
    – FuzzyChef
    Mar 8, 2023 at 15:56

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