Just a few short weeks ago we hosted a Tapas night. Each couple, we invited two couples besides ourselves, made 5 dishes plus a magnificent sangria! That was a total of 15 dishes, sounds like a lot but we managed to get through them without an issue. Some were small pintxos (just a bite), while others a bit larger! They did have one thing in common though, all were delicious. That is why I wanted to bring you this collection of 18 Terrific Tapas Recipes.
I can’t share with you all that we made as some were from cookbooks but this collection I put together for you has many wonderful options for your next tapas night.
Maybe some of you aren’t familiar with tapas. Basically it is Spanish appetizers that are usually served at a bar in Spain. One after another is served and this comprises your meal. I hope you enjoy our collection of Spanish Tapas Recipes!! I wish for you to “comer bien” or eat well!
Spanish Tapas Recipes
Spanish Tapas are canapes, snacks or tiny plates of a variety of different dishes that originated in Spain. In fact, Spanish tapas come in many different varieties and forms and can vary depending on where in Spain you are visiting.
How to Make Tapas
There are several different ways to make Tapas. Considering the variety of ingredients that can be used to create delicious small plates, there is a Tapas recipes for everyone.
From Patatas Bravas, Catalan-Style Spinach, Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon to Marinated Roasted Red Peppers and Shrimp in Romesco Sauce. The list continues with Queso Fresco Cheese and Apples, Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms and Mascarpone Stuffed Dates with Pomegranate and Honey.
The possibilities are just as endless as the tapas will seem.
Easy Tapas Recipes
From potatoes to other veggies, to cheese or seafood and more, Spanish cuisine is one that is full of flavor! Every bite will pack a punch of delicious tastes to share with family or friends!
Tapas dishes can be served hot or cold and some can be served either way or at room temperature. Eating tapas evokes conversation and friendship. There will always be something wonderful to talk about as dish after dish comes out to tempt all your senses.
Olives and Spanish olive oil are very essential in tapas and almost always some dishes will include those ingredients at some point in the meal. You can start off with simple marinated olives with lots of crusty bread to dunk. I made something very similar to this recipe and we all adored it.
Tapas can be very easy to serve too, don’t get intimidated with the number of dishes. Some like our marinated peppers take only a few minutes to pull together and can be made ahead of time. Serving an excellent inexpensive wine with your meal will add a lot of enjoyment to the dining. We sure have loved the new Liberado with our tapas meals.
Tapas recipes are a fantastic addition to your cooking repertoire. They make for such a fun night of noshing and are perfect for get togethers and parties. Rather than serving a big meal to your guests you can opt to serve delicious Spanish tapas. There are such a wide variety of tapas recipes from vegetarian tapas to beef, chicken, chorizo or pork tapas, there is something for everyone.
Patatas Bravas by Noshing With The Nolands
Spanish Omelette (Tortilla de Patatas) by Scrummy Lane
Catalan-Style Spinach by Foolproof Living
Marinated Roasted Red Peppers by Noshing With The Nolands
Mascarpone Stuffed Dates with Pomegranate and Honey by Foolproof Living
Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon by The View From Great Island
Common Questions About Tapas
What are Tapas?
Tapas are essentially tiny plates of food originating from Spanish cuisine. Basically, like bar snacks served alongside beverages.
Tapas are great as a snack or even as a meal when you make a range of different kinds. These small dishes are a great way to try a large variety of different food without overfilling you belly and emptying your wallet.
Serving these recipes are fantastic for entertaining because most are easy to make and with such a large range of recipes they are sure to suit the different tastes if your guests.
What are Three Popular Tapas?
There are cold tapas, like cheeses and mixed olives or warm tapas like chopitos. Chopitos are fried and battered baby squid.
Shrimp in Romesco Sauce by The View From Great Island
Spanish Garlic Shrimp by Life Tastes Good
Patatas Aioli by Manu’s Menu
Mushrooms in Escabeche by Manu’s Menu
Sous Vide Octopus Spanish Tapas Recipe by Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Chorizo Sweet Potato Spanish Tortilla Bites by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Where Does the Word Tapas Come From?
There are many debates about the origin of tapas. Depending on which part of Spain you are from, you may have differing opinions.
It is said that the first Tapas was simply a large piece of bread that was placed over top of a drink to keep the flies out. It is said, the word “Tapas” was born from this experience.
Tapas serve as an amazing way to entertain and enjoy some delicious food. There are many recipes out there that can be used to create delicious tapas. Try your hand at this Spanish cuisine and enjoy.
Spicy Tortilla Rollups by Vegan in the Freezer
Queso Fresco Cheese and Apples by Noshing With The Nolands
Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms by Culinary Ginger
Sauteed Mushroom and Rosemary Bruschetta by Culinary Ginger
Queso en Aceite by Noshing With The Nolands
Spanish Tapas Party Recipes by Flavor Mosaic