After 6 years, our weekly Tapas night is now a ritual. Our friends know this, and occasionally drop in. Because our tapas night is during the work week, the menu isn't fancy. There are four items on the menu that don't vary - Spanish Omelet (tortilla espanola), mixed green salad, rustic bread and red wine. Everything else depends on the season, and what's in the pantry.
Sometimes, we have Spanish chorizo sausage, Manchego cheese (or another Spanish cheese), pate on toasts, and fried green peppers or garlic shrimp. At our last tapas night, we opened a can of cockles, but sardines, calamari, or another latilla, canned Spanish seafood delicacy, might end up on the menu next week. Last, we finish off with a simple dessert to clear the pallet, or satisfy our sweet tooth. Sometimes it is fresh fruit. Other times it is not food at all, but simply a chupito of a sweet liqueur, like pacharan or our homemade Limoncello. What's on your table?
- Simple Tapas Dinner Menu, Browse for Ideas for Your Tapas Night
- Latillas, Little Cans of Spain Make Super Simple Tapas, Great Addition to the Pantry for Last Minute Guests
- 2 Rustic French-Style Baguettes
- Cool & Refreshing Spanish Dessert - Spanish Lemon Cream Recipe - Crema de Limon
To accompany these Spanish dishes:
- A Spanish Red Wine, such as Marques de Riscal, Marques de Caceres, or Legaris Reserva 2005 from Ribera del Duero
- Large Pitcher of Cold Water or Gaseosa (Sparkling Water)
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