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Top Garlic Tapa Recipes

Spanish Tapa Recipes that are a Garlic-Lover's Delight


Garlic, the "stinking rose" seems to make everything taste better, at least if you are a garlic lover! Garlic is one of the basic ingredients of the Mediterranean cuisines and adds so much flavor or "zip" to many dishes. This is a short list of the top garlic tapas of Spain.

Shrimp in Garlic – Gambas al Ajillo

Shrimp in Garlic - Gambas al Ajillo
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Shrimp in Garlic is one of the most common tapas of Spain. It is quick, easy and FULL of garlic flavor. It is irresistable for any garlic lover! Be sure to have plenty of crusty French-style bread on hand to dip in the garlic sauce.

Pork Kabobs - Pinchos Morunos

Spanish pork kabobs or pinchos morunos must be marinated overnight, they are very easy to make and are delicious! Served all over Spain in tapas bars, these "pinchos" can be made of pork, lamb or veal. Be sure to use plenty of garlic and Spanish sweet paprika for best results.

Clams a la Murciana - Almejas a la Murciana

Murcian Style Clams - Almejas a la Murciana
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Thbis is a simple recipe for Clams in the Murcian Style. Small, fresh clams are prepared in a wonderful sauce made of white wine, Spanish sweet paprika, garlic and onion. It has a slight bite from the red pepper flakes and is absolutely delicious with crusty rustic style bread. If you wish, serve it as a first course instead of a tapa.

Alioli Potatoes - Patatas Alioli

Alioli Potatoes - Patatas Alioli
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If you are a garlic lover, these potatoes are made for you! Lightly fry potatoes, then cover in a warm garlic mayonnaise sauce. Yum! A perfect appetizer for the garlic lover.

Grilled Eggplant in Tomato Vinaigrette Recipe - Berenjena con Vinagreta

Eggplant with Tomato Vinaigrette - Berenjena con Vinagreta
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Eggplants are a common ingredient in Mediterannean cuisines, particularly in Spain. This eggplant dish has plenty of flavor, including lots of fresh minced garlic. It's great to serve as a tapa or a side dish, especially in spring and summer.

Red Peppers with Anchovies - Pimientos Rojos con Anchoas

Red Peppers with Anchovies Recipe - Pimientos Rojos con Anchoas
Lisa Sierra (c) 2008 Licensed to About.com Inc.
The name of this tapa, Red peppers with Anchovies does not tell the whole story. It is full of garlic and is salty, too. An easy appetizer that can be prepared at the last minute. The bright red of the peppers is a very colorful addition to your table and full of flavor, too. Slice a baguette and serve on the side to dip.

Pimientos Rellenos de Bacalao - Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Cod

Pimientos Rellenos de Bacalao - Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Cod
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This superb "tapa" is from the North of Spain and is very popular there. Sweet and tasty roasted piquillo peppers are stuffed with a mixture of salt cod, white wine, onions and lots of garlic. Then they are dipped in egg and flour and lightly fried and smothered in tomato sauce. It takes about an hour to prepare, and will disappear quickly, so make extra.

Tomato Bread - Pan con Tomate

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, or topped with cheese, Serrano ham or chorizo sausage and is eaten for breakfast or appetizer. It is one of the most famous dishes from Cataluña. In Catalan, it is called "pa amb tomaquet" and in Spanish, "pan con tomate."
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