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Spanish Tapas


Tapas have received a lot of attention in the last 10 years or so and consequently have gained popularity all over the world. In Spain, they are simply a part of life. Tapas, Spain's appetizers are eaten any time - day or night. Put a few of these little dishes together and they can make a meal on their own! Going out to eat tapas is such a big part of the culture that there is even a verb "tapear", which means "to eat tapas."
  1. Seafood Tapas
  2. Meat and Poultry Tapas
  3. Vegetarian and Egg Tapas
  4. Tapas Menus
  5. Jamon y Chorizo

Seafood Tapas

Almejas a la Murciana - Murcian Style Clams

If you have ever been to Spain, or had a friend from Spain, you know that Spaniards have a love affair with seafood. It's only natural, if you consider that Spain is surrounded on three sides by water – the Atlantic Ocean, the Cantabric Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. As far back as the Romans, plants were built to preserve fish by salting and drying them. Today, Spaniards eat seafood every day, prepared many different ways. That includes a dizzying variety of seafood "tapas."

Meat and Poultry Tapas

Picadillo - Spicy Spanish Pork Tapa  (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc.

Tapas sometimes replace entire meals as Spaniards stroll from bar to bar, making their rounds, it shouldn't come as a surprise that tapas can be substantial dishes and include meat and poultry.

Vegetarian and Egg Tapas

Tortilla with Green Pepper - Potato Omelet with Green Pepper

Tapas come in all varieties, including vegetarian kinds like grilled eggplant. Eggs are also very popular in Spain and are prepared many different ways. "Tapas" are no different. From fresh egg-based mayonnaise in Spanish potato salad to scrambled eggs in Spanish omelets.

Tapas Menus

Langostinos Cocidos - Boiled Prawns

Tapas really fit the modern lifestyle and approach to casual get-togethers. When entertaining, a series of tapas plates and a green salad can replace an entire meal without leaving your guests hungry. Below are several collections of tapas, which can make a full menu.

Jamon y Chorizo

Paleta - Spanish Ham at Campo Frio

Spanish ham and chorizo are two favorite ingredients in Spanish cooking. Both Spanish ham and chorizo sausage can stand on their own as tapas, as well.

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