Are you in a hurry to get to a party? Or, unexpected out-of-town guests dropped in and you need something to serve? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Try any of these Spanish [i]tapas[/i] that you can prepare at the last minute – just two involve any cooking!
"Langostinos" are large shrimp or prawns that are often simply boiled whole and chilled. They are then served alone on a plate or with “salsa rosa” or in a vinaigrette. They take 5 minutes to prepare.
One of the most common "tapas" of Spain, this dish is quick, easy and FULL of garlic flavor.
This is a simple, but delicious appetizer that everyone enjoys. It involves very little cooking and you can put it together at the last minute. Although you could simply put out a basket of bread and a platter of Manchego cheese, jamón Serrano and Spanish chorizo, you would probably see it disappear almost instantly. Serving these simple tapa already prepared on individual baguette slices makes it last longer!
A "tapa" that is light and easy - and no cooking involved! A great dish for the summer or any time you want to prepare an appetizer quickly. Mix tuna with a bit of green onions and olives, then stuff into roasted red peppers and serve.
This is an easy and tasty appetizer that can be prepared at the last minute. Red peppers served with anchovies is a combination that is becoming more and more popular in tapas bars in Spain. It's a very colorful addition to your table and full of flavor, too.
Tomato Bread is simply toasted bread rubbed with fresh garlic and ripe tomato, then drizzled with olive oil and a bit of salt. It can be eaten by itself, but is often topped with cheese, ham or sausage and is eaten for breakfast or appetizer.
Salty and full of flavor, Serrano ham makes an excellent contrast with the sweet, juicy Honeydew melon. This "tapa" takes about 5-10 minutes to prepare and requires no cooking. If you are short on time, need something to bring to a potluck or friend’s party, this is the "tapa" for you!
This tapa combines some of the most typical ingredients in Spanish cuisine – eggplant, fresh cheese, garlic and anchovies to make a unique open-faced sort of sandwich. Toasted bread is spread with creamy cheese, then drizzled with a garlic green sauce. Add a layer of roasted eggplant and top with anchovy fillets.
This is a delicious "tapa" or appetizer that you can serve along with a Spanish omelet, chorizo sausage or alone as an afternoon snack. No wonder it is becoming more and more popular in Spain!