Tapas are a uniquely Spanish delight. These small plates of delicious food are normally shared in a family-style in a social setting which is very typical of the Spanish culture. Spanish tapas can be an appetizer before your dinner, or they can form the bulk of an entire meal if you choose to have a range of Spanish tapas. Either way, you’ll be thrilled by the exciting flavors created by Spanish chefs. Here are 8 amazing tapas to try while you’re enjoying a vacation in Spain.
These are breaded dumplings that are filled with béchamel sauce and a variety of delicious fillings. When you’re in Spain you’ll find a range of different fillings inside your croquetas including Chicken, ham, spinach, and cod. We recommend that when you’re in Spain you choose one that has the Spain’s famous jamon inside!
These deep-fried pastry bites are filled with delicious meats and vegetables. If you’re looking for a quick snack that the whole family will love then this is the one to pick up! Although you can have a wide range of fillings, especially if you make them yourself, normally if you buy them in a shop there are two popular fillings; spinach or tuna. A Spanish tapas meal is not complete without a plate of empanadillas for everyone to try.
#3 Bomba de Patatas
These mashed potato dumplings can be thought of as a larger form of croquetas. These are breaded and fried and are often filled with a combination of chopped meat and vegetables of your choice. This is often topped with either a tomato based sauce or an alioli (garlic mayonnaise) which enhances the flavour of your bomba.Typically the recipes for these are passed down through generations so when you try these in restaurants they will often be recipes that have been used for years.
#4 Solomillo a la Castellana
This is something you can find as either a main dish or a tapas. The solomillo a la Castellana is a tender and juicy stew featuring pork sirloin. This meat is combined with mushrooms, red wine, onions, and potatoes to make a delicious tapas! This is the perfect dish if you’re looking for something a little more filling while still being full of flavour.
Aceitunas is a small typical tapas which you’ll find in most restaurants. It simply consists of olives that are served in a variety of different ways with a range of flavors. Many times you’ll find that the olives have be marinated in scallions and red wine vinegar, as in Aceitunas a la Madrileña, or are served mixed with cheese and red bell peppers so you can be sure that you’ll have a range of flavors when you choose this Spanish tapas.
#6 Cojonudo / Cojonuda
This is one of the signature dishes of Burgos, the capital of Castile. This is a typical tapas which is made up of two types of Spanish sausages; cojonudo is made with morcilla, a type of blood sausage, and cojonuda is made with Spanish chorizo. You will find that these sausages may simply be cut up for you to try or they will be served on bread.
#7 Stuffed Olives
This is a traditional Spanish dish that you must-try! In this tapas you will find olives that have been stuffed with many different fillings, such as feta cheese, red pepper paste, almonds, and pine nuts. If you’re traveling with your friends & family, this is the perfect tapas to choose as you’ll find a flavor that everyone will like! The variety of fillings really does make this dish shine!
#8 Bacon Wrapped Prunes & Dates
This traditional dish satisfies cravings for sweet and salty foods all at once! Although this is a simple dish, as Spain is famous for their ham and bacon, you’ll find that this flavor combination is one that you’ve never experienced before. This tapas works with any kind of dried fruit. An almond may be stuffed inside the fruit for an extra touch.
When you are enjoying a summer vacation in Spain, be sure to try all of these wonderful tapas dishes. Sharing them with your friends and family will bring you the authentic Spanish experience. These small bites will satisfy a need for variety. Try them with the best Spanish wines and cheeses.