Tapas: small bites of Spanish flavor

Tapas are Spain's greatest food invention. "Eat when you drink, drink when you eat" is the philosophy. Spanish men traditionally drink outside the home and rarely alone. They are not meant to be a meal (although a raciĆ³n is a substantial portion). One tapa per person and a different one with each drink is the idea, then everyone enjoys tasting and sharing. Tapas food is real food - good local ingredients presented with flair.

The idea comes from Andalusia. It started, or so they say, with a piece of bread, soon topped with ham or cheese, balanced over a glass, to keep out the flies - the word tapa means a cover. They were once free snacks included in the price of the drink but today they are mostly ordered separately. In dim caverns, where the sherry barrels are stacked high, men revolve the wine in their copitas, gently sipping, then select a new wine from a different cask. To compare and contrast is part of the ritual. An old man may sit by the door, with a bucket of conchas finas, opening the clams slowly and to order. It is a life less hectic than our own.

If you're looking for more information on tapas, you've come to the right place. We've selected the best resources to help you enjoy with this Spanish delight. From classic tapas, such as Spanish omelette, to the most innovative ones, like Green Asparagus with Salmon, you will find the best recipes here!

Recent Articles

  1. Prawn and Bacon brochettes

    Jun 02, 15 02:49 PM

    This combination of prawns and bacon is inspired and very popular, and can be found at most Tapas bar, as well as in many banquets and receptions.

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  2. Prawn croquettes - Croquetas de gambas

    Jun 02, 15 02:49 PM

    Croquetas are ubiquitous in Spain, although they most likely originate from the French 'croquettes'. The possibilities are almost endless - here we have used prawns.

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  3. Artichoke rice cakes with manchego cheese

    Jun 02, 15 02:48 PM

    These unusual little croquetas contain artichoke in the rice mixture, and they break open to reveal a melting cheese centre.

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  4. Salt Cod Fritters with Allioli

    May 13, 15 09:47 AM

    Bacalao - salt cod - is one of the great Spanish delights. Bitesize fish cakes, dipped into rich, creamy, garlicky allioli, are irresistible as a tapas dish or appetizer.

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  5. Stuffed tomatoes - Tomates Rellenos

    May 13, 15 09:47 AM

    This one is a simple recipe, very handy when preparing a barbeque or a picnic party. Tomatoes here are used as a container for a delicious Spanish stuffing.

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  6. Spicy Clams

    May 13, 15 09:46 AM

    Spanish clams, are much larger than clams found elsewhere, and have more succulent bodies. This modern recipe uses Arab spicing to make a hot dip or sauce.

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Recent Posts

  1. Prawn and Bacon brochettes

    Jun 02, 15 02:49 PM

    This combination of prawns and bacon is inspired and very popular, and can be found at most Tapas bar, as well as in many banquets and receptions.

    Read More

  2. Prawn croquettes - Croquetas de gambas

    Jun 02, 15 02:49 PM

    Croquetas are ubiquitous in Spain, although they most likely originate from the French 'croquettes'. The possibilities are almost endless - here we have used prawns.

    Read More

  3. Artichoke rice cakes with manchego cheese

    Jun 02, 15 02:48 PM

    These unusual little croquetas contain artichoke in the rice mixture, and they break open to reveal a melting cheese centre.

    Read More