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Top Spanish Tapas for The Super Bowl

A Tapas Buffet for Football Fans to Graze From Kick-off 'til the Final Minute


The Super Bowl is the perfect event for a tapas buffet, so prepare some or all of these classic Spanish tapas, like tortilla de patata (potato omelet), pinchos morunos (spicy pork kabobs), patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy sauce), and grilled eggplant with tomato vinaigrette. Our version of Spanish "pizza" topped with chorizo and Serrano ham is popular, too. Prepare most of these tapas ahead of time and don't serve them all at once. Save some tapas for half time and keep your guests anticipating the next round.

Tortilla Espanola - Spanish Omelet

Tortilla Espanola - Spanish Omelet (c)
Lisa Sierra (c) 2007 Licensed to About.com

Tortilla Espanola is also known as tortilla de patata and is the most commonly served dish in Spain. Cook it ahead. To serve, cut it into small squares and place one atop small slices of a baguette. It will be popular with guests, so make two. Serve the first at kick-off and reserve the second for half-time.

Easy Pancetta-Stuffed Mushrooms - Champinones Rellenos de Panceta

Pancetta Stuffed Mushrooms - Champinones Rellenos de Pancetta (c)
Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.

Finely chopped Spanish "panceta adobado" is heaped in white mushrooms, then slowly cooked in olive oil. It's quick, easy and very tasty. It's a finger-tapa that everyone can enjoy cooking and eating.

Pinchos Morunos - Pork Kabobs

Pinchos Morunos - Spanish Pork Kabobs
Lisa Sierra (c) 2010 Licensed to About.com Inc.

Pinchos Morunos are delicious pork kabobs, marinated in spices a day beforehand. These are a very popular "tapa," and easy to make and great for beginner Spanish cooks! You don’t eat pork? No problem, beef and lamb are just as tasty.

Patatas Bravas - Bravas Potatoes

Patatas Bravas - Bravas Potatoes (c)
L. Sierra (c) 2006 licensed to About.com, Inc.

"Patatas Bravas" or Bravas Potatoes is one of the classic Spanish tapas 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."

Toast with Cheese, Balsamic Syrup and Walnut Recipe

Cheese and Balsamic Vinegar Sauce on Toast - Tosta con Queso y Salsa Balsamico
Lisa Sierra (c) 2010 Licensed to About.com Inc.

Toast or "Tostas" are quick and easy tapas to make, and are very popular in Spain. This recipe is made by topping a slice of baguette with a slice of your favorite Spanish cheese, a walnut half and a bit of balsamic syrup.

Grilled Eggplant in Tomato Vinaigrette Recipe - Berenjena con Vinagreta

Eggplant with Tomato Vinaigrette
(c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com

Eggplants are a very common vegetable in the Mediterannean, particularly in Spain. This eggplant dish is great to serve as a tapa or a side dish. It is the perfect make-ahead dish that you can take out a few minutes before serving. With two eggplants in the recipe, it serves 12 as a tapa.

Chicken, Tomato and Cheese Montados Recipe - Montados de Pollo, Tomate y Queso

Chicken, Tomato and Cheese Montados - Montados de Pollo, Tomate y Queso
Lisa Sierra (c) 2010 Licensed to About.com Inc.

Montados are a popular kind of tapa. They start with a piece of baguette and pile different delicious foods on top. This montado is made of chicken breast, tomato sauce, roasted red peppers and topped with melted cheese. Great to assemble ahead of time and pop under the broiler just before serving. If you want to stretch this to serve lots of people, use a narrow baguette and cut the chicken in smaller pieces!

Croquetas de Jamón - Ham Croquettes

Croquetas - Croquettes (c)
(c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com

A "croqueta" is a small, lightly breaded and fried sort of fritter. They are creamy, smooth and very tasty. The best part is you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it. Then, take the croquetas out of the freezer and pop them into the frying pan.

Banderillas - Tapa on a Toothpick

Banderillas with Quail Eggs
Tony Sierra (c) 2010 Licensed to About.com Inc.

These easy tapas called "Banderillas" get their name from the barbed darts used during a bullfight! Fortunately, these aren't dangerous and are a very simple-to-prepare tapa. In fact, "banderillas" require no cooking! Basically, if you can open a jar and skewer the ingredients on a toothpick, you can make them!

Spanish Chorizo and Serrano Ham Pizza Recipe

Easy Spanish Chorizo and Serrano Ham Pizza
Lisa Sierra (c) 2011 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Pizza is a popular tapa in Spain. Our Spanish tapa version of pizza includes toppings of Spanish chorizo sausage and Serrano ham, which gives it a distinctly Spanish flavor. Optionally, try spicy Spanish pork chunks. It serves 6-8, and is simple to make.
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