A mainstay of Spanish cuisine, tapas are a welcome addition to any authentic Spanish meal as an appetizer or snack. Tapas are generally made up of small savoury dishes or finger foods often served as snacks with drinks, or with other tapas as a meal. It is available in both cold and hot versions. In selected bars in Spain, tapas have evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine. Also, diners are able to order many different tapas and combine them to make up a full meal. Here are some classic Spanish tapas worth a try.
Croquetas are little fried balls that are popular in Spain. They can come with a variety of meat, fish, and vegetable fillings with some of the most popular including ham and cod.
Gambas al Ajillo
Seafood is a popular element of European cuisine and prawns are definitely included Gambas al ajillo are fresh prawns cooked in sizzling olive oil with garlic and chili peppers, packing in a tangy taste.
A cold soupy treat originally from the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, this gastronomic delight contains chopped vegetables like garlic, onions, peppers, and cucumbers mixed with oil and vinegar to create a refreshing soup that’s perfect for the hot summer months.
This dry-cured Spanish ham has a complex flavour due to it’s long curing process which involves wind drying. The result is ruby-red, semi-translucent slivers of melt-in-your-mouth meat that is served without embellishment. Pick up a slice (or a cube) with your fingers, or with a piece of bread.
Papas arrugadas are very small potatoes that are boiled in salt water, drained, and slightly roasted before being served with mojo, a sauce made from garlic, paprika, red pepper, olive oil, and sometimes cumin.
These bite-sized potato chunks or wedges are available throughout Spain, although their method of preparation / serving varies from region to region. They can be deep-fried, boiled, or sautéed, spiked with chili. They are sometimes cooked with tomatoes or garlic, and often served with aioli sauce.
Check them out at a Spanish restaurant near you!
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