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Spanish Potato Omelet - Tortilla de Patata

Spanish Potato Omelet - Tortilla de Patata

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The following are our top Spanish tapa recipe picks.

Tortilla Española – Spanish Omelet

No doubt about it, the Spanish omelet is the most commonly served dish in Spain and is also known as a tortilla de patata or potato omelet. It is such a popular dish, some call it "the national dish of Spain." It is made of of three simple ingredients: eggs, potatoes and onions. It is not only served as a tapa, but also as a main dish for a meal and a filling for sandwiches.

Gambas al Ajillo – Garlic Shrimp

One of the most common and most popular tapas in Spain, this dish is quick, easy and FULL of garlic flavor. Your guests will be asking for the recipe after the first bite, especially the garlic lovers!

Tigres – Mejillones Rellenos – Stuffed Mussels

If you have ever been to Spain, you’ve most likely tasted “tigres,” mussels that have been stuffed, breaded and fried. If you'd like to re-create that magical flavor of tigres at home, try our easy recipe for this tapa.

Croquetas de Jamón – Ham Croquettes

Croquetas or croquettes are small, lightly breaded and fried sort of fritter. They are a sure hit as a tapa or an afternoon snack with a glass of beer or wine. They are creamy and smooth and very tasty.

Calamares a la Romana – Fried Squid Rings

Fried squid or in Spanish calamares fritos or calamares a la romana is such a simple, but delicious and very popular appetizer or tapa in Spain and here in the USA.

Patatas Bravas – Bravas Potatoes

Bravas Potatoes is one of the classic Spanishtapas dishes and is served in bars all over Spain. The sauce has a slight bite from the Tabasco, hence the name bravas, which means "fierce" in Spanish.

Jamón, Queso y Chorizo con Pan - Ham, Cheese and Chorizo with Bread

This is a simple, but delicious appetizer or that everyone enjoys. It involves very little cooking and you can put it together at the last minute. Be sure to use Spanish chorizo and Serrano ham for best results!

Pulpo Gallego

Galician-Style Octopus is a traditional tapa from Galicia, served all over Spain today. It is very simple - cooked octopus served with boiled potatoes, olive oil and sweet Spanish paprika.

Anchovies Marinated in Vinegar Recipe - Boquerones en Vinagre

Fresh anchovies marinated in vinegar, oil and garlic are a traditional and very popular "tapa" in Spain. A good tapa bar always has a platter of boquerones on the bar and it is a favorite of Spaniards and foreigners alike.

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