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Latillas - Little Cans of Spain

Seafood Morsels in Sauces or Brine Make Instant Tapas


Stuffed Baby Squid in Their Ink - Chipirones en su Tinta

Stuffed Baby Squid in Their Ink - Chipirones en su Tinta

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Spanish are locos about seafood. Fish, shellfish and mollusks such as squid, clams and mussels are a regular part of the traditional Spanish diet, and served several times per week in the typical Spanish home.

So, it should come as no surprise that the Spanish, who have thousands of miles of coastline, have a pet name for the little cans of seafood. Spanish simply call them latillas, or little cans. Every Spanish family's pantry has a supply of the latillas, and serve them as a small snack or appetizer before a meal, or if unexpected guests pop in for a visit. In fact, it is very easy to make a simple tapas dinner by serving several latillas, slicing a rustic baguette and cheese, and opening a bottle or two of Spanish red wine. Empty the contents of each of the latillas onto a salad or dessert plate. Give your guests salad plates, rather than dinner plates, as well as lots of toothpicks or cocktail-size forks, and begin passing the latillas. In less than 15 minutes, you can have your dinner prepared and the table set!

Listed below are just some of the most common and most popular latillas, which are also readily available in ethnic food stores and online through Spanish food retailers:

  • Angulas - Baby Eels
  • Berberechos - Cockles
  • Boquerones en Vinagre - Fresh White Anchovies in Vinegar
  • Boquerones al Ajillo - Fresh White Anchovies in Garlic, Vinegar & Oil
  • Navajas al Natural - Razor Clams in Brine
  • Mejillones Escabechados - Marinated Mussels
  • Mejillones Picantes - Spicy Mussels
  • Anchoas - Anchovies
  • Filetes de Caballa en Aceite de Oliva - Mackerel Fillets in Olive Oil
  • Chipirones Rellenas en su Tinta - Stuffed Baby Squid in Ink
  • Calamares en Salsa Americana - Squid in American Sauce
  • Pulpo en Aceite de Oliva - Octopus in Olive Oil
  • Pulpo a la Marinera - Octopus in Marinera Sauce

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