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 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.
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 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" 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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!