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Vegetarian Tapas Recipes

Many Spanish tapas recipes are vegetarian.

Top Ten Vegetarian Tapas
This list is our pick of top ten vegetarian "tapas." From hot cheese and tomato pie to marinated carrots, fried padron peppers and grilled eggplant with tomato vinaigrette. If you are entertaining vegetarian guests, pick one or more of these easy meatless "tapas."

Spanish Cheese and Tomato Pie Recipe - Tarta de Tomatitos y Queso
Flaky crust filled with melted cheeses, grilled onions and garlic, and topped with cherry tomato halves. That's a cheese and tomato pie! Cut and serve for a snack or a "tapa" at a casual get-together, or prepare as a main course and serve with a green salad for a simple dinner.

Easy Eggplant Caprese Montado Recipe
This is a "montado-style tapa" that is quick and easy, which makes it especially great for summertime entertaining. It's a twist on the Italian Caprese Salad - lay grilled eggplant slices pieces of baguette, then top with fresh tomato slices, balsamic oil, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil leaves.

Fried Peppers with Garlic Recipe
Fried Peppers with Garlic is a very quick and simple tapa, and goes well with rustic bread. It can also be served as a side dish with a variety of meats or chicken.

Fried Eggplant with Sugar Cane Molasses Recipe - Berenjena Frita con …
A typical dish from Granada and Malaga areas of Andalucia, it is quick, easy and inexpensive to prepare. Slice, flour and fry eggplant rounds. Drizzle molasses over the top and serve.

Eggplant Rolls Tapa Recipe – Envueltos de Berenjena
Eggplant is a common ingredient in Spanish food, like all Mediterranean cuisines. This is a modern vegetarian tapa, perfect for the garlic lover. Fresh cheese with garlic, roasted pepper and sun-dried tomatoes are rolled up inside slices of grilled eggplant. Drizzle with "mojo de cilantro" and serve in or on toasted pocket bread.

Tomato Bread Sauce-Style Recipe - Pan con Tomate - Pa Amb Tomaquet
This version of Tomato Bread or "pan on tomate" uses fresh crushed tomatoes rather than simply rubbing a cut tomato on a baguette. It is currently very popular in Spain, served on the coast for breakfast. It is dqually good as a snack or "tapa."

Easy Roasted Red Peppers in Oil, Vinegar & Garlic Recipe
This easy Spanish "tapa" can double as a side dish. Roasted red peppers are marinated in Spanish extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and minced garlic. Enjoy it with rustic bread or as a side dish with meat or fish. Served cold, it makes a great dish for warm summer days.

Brie Cheese with Roasted Garlic-Paprika Filling Recipe
Smoked Spanish paprika has an intense and unique flavor that is a basic ingredient in many Spanish dishes. This “tapa” combines roasted garlic, dry sherry and paprika with baked Brie cheese to make a soft, rich appetizer that could almost make a main dish itself. Serve atop slices of a rustic baguette or allow guests to spread it.

Cheese in Olive Oil Recipe - Queso en Aceite
Goat cheese is soaked olive oil and spices, stored in the refrigerator so that the flavors of the garlic, thyme and rosemary become infused into the oil. This is a great tapa to keep in your refrigerator for those last-minute get-togethers. Serve with baguette slices on a plate with infused oil.

Spanish Eggplant Spread Tapa Recipe
This is a simple and easy Spanish tapa recipe. Saute eggplant, garlic, green onions and olive oil, then whirl in a food processor until smooth. Spread warm over slices of rustic bread. In about 15 minutes you have a warm, garlicky appetizer or side dish.

Goat Cheese with Paprika, Garlic, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Capers Recipe
Using typical Spanish ingredients, this tapa is quick and easy to prepare and has a deliciously smoky, yet salty taste. Roasted garlic and paprika are mixed with fresh, soft goat cheese, then spread over rustic bread and topped with sun-dried tomatoes and capers.

Tortilla Espanola - Spanish Omelet
La Tortilla Espanola - the Spanish Omelet. It is the best-loved and most popular dish in Spain, served at home and in cafes and bars. It can be eaten for dinner or as a tapa. With only 4 essential ingredients, it is not a difficult dish to make.

How to Make Tortilla Espanola - Spanish Omelet Recipe
"Tortilla Espanola" or Spanish omelet is the most commonly served dish or tapa in Spain. Try making this tasty dish following our step-by-step with photos.

Mushrooms with Garlic and White Wine Recipe - Setas con Ajo y Vino Blanco
“Setas” or mushrooms are very popular in Spain. Many people drive or walk out to the countryside and spend the day picking them, especially after an autumn rain. The Fall is a great time for mushrooms and this dish is easy and quite delicious served with bread as a “tapa,” as an accompaniment to a beef, lamb or pork roast, steak or chops.

Patatas Bravas - Bravas Potatoes
"Patatas Bravas" or Bravas Potatoes is a classic Spanish tapa and is served in bars all over Spain. The tomato-based sauce has a slight bite that keeps you dipping your potatoes for more.

Patatas Bravas - Bravas Potatoes
Patatas Bravas or Bravas Potatoes is one of the classic Spanish tapas dishes and is served in bars all over Spain. It has a slight bite to the sauce and keeps you dipping your potatoes for more. The best thing is that it is a simple recipe.

Alioli Potatoes Recipe - Patatas Alioli
Try this recipe for patatas alioli, a very popular Spanish tapa. Who can resist warm, lightly fried chunks of potatoes covered in a creamy garlic mayonaise sauce?

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, but is often topped with cheese, ham or sausage. What a great snack or appetizer!

Tomato Bread Recipe – How to Make 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, but is often topped with cheese, ham or sausage.

Olives a la Madrilene – Aceitunas a la Madrileña
Olives a la Madrilene or in Spanish, "Aceitunas a la Madrileña" is served in Spain as a tapa or to accompany a meal. We like to enjoy this dish with a fresh baguette to soak up the dressing. It can be served year-round, but is especially enjoyable in the summer.

Berenjena con Vinagreta de Tomate - Grilled Eggplant in Vinaigrette
This is a great dish to serve as a tapa or a side dish, especially in spring and summer. Even folks who say that they do not like eggplant OR tomatoes have tasted this dish and been hooked! Try serving it as an appetizer or side dish.

Fried Almonds Recipe - Almendras Fritas
There are thousands of different "tapas" in Spain - both hot and cold. Fried almonds or "almendras fritas" can be eaten warm just after frying or at room temperature. They are a tasty treat, with just a bit of salt.

White Beans with Vinaigrette Sauce Recipe – Alubias con Salsa Vinagreta
White Beans with Vinaigrette Sauce, "Alubias con Salsa Vinagreta" in Spanish is a simple and quick Spanish "tapa," especially good in the summertime. White beans are simply combined with onion, pepper, oil and vinegar. Serve in a bowl with some crusty bread. Double the recipe and serve as a first course salad for four.

Toast with Cheese, Balsamic Syrup and Walnut Recipe
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.

Fried Padrón Peppers Recipe – Pimientos de Padrón Fritos
Tiny padron peppers from Galicia are fried and sprinkled with coarse salt. There isn't a simpler or easier tapas recipe. Most padron peppers aren't hot. Occasionally you'll get a spicy one, and that's part of the fun!

Green Peppers Stuffed with Spanish Omelet Recipe – Pimientos Rellenos de...
Spanish Potato Omelet is one of the most popular tapas. This tapa recipe adds a new twist – stuff the potatoes, onions and eggs into long green peppers and cook. Slice for a colorful appetizer or first course. Make it extra special by adding baguette slices and Serrano ham.

How to Cure Green Olives with Lye Step-by-Step
The Spanish eat lots of olives, and many families cure their own, harvesting from family gardens and friends' trees. Curing olives is easy, and has not changed much over the centuries. There are two way to cure them - with lye or with salt. This step-by-step describes the lye method for curing green olives, and includes photos and instructions...

Artichoke and Roasted Pepper Montados Recipe - Montados de Pimientos y Alcachofa
For the Spanish, a "montado" is a flavorful topping riding on a small slice of baguette. "Montados" or "montaditos" are a quick and easy, common "tapa." This "montado" recipe is what the Italians would call "bruschetta". Spoon a mixture of roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts, chopped garlic, oil and vinegar on top of toasted.

Spanish Fried Baby Artichoke Recipe - Alcachofas Fritas
Baby artichokes make great side dishes or tapas. This recipe is simple and very tasty. Quarter four baby artichokes, dip in flour and egg, then fry until golden brown. Serve by themselves or with garlicky alioli sauce.

Spanish Fried Peppers and Onion Recipe – Pimientos Fritos con Cebolla
This dish is typically Spanish, and makes a simple, quick and easy tapa or side dish. Fry red or green peppers with onion slices to make a colorful addition to any meal. Served on a platter in the center of the table and invite everyone to spoon the mixture on slices of fresh rustic bread. Serve it with roast meat, steak, pork chops or fried or...

Spanish Fried Cauliflower Recipe - Coliflor Rebozada
This fried cauliflower recipe makes a lightly fried cauliflower without heavy breading by quickly dipping the florets in beaten egg and (optionally) dusting with flour before they are popped into the frying pan to brown on all sides. Serve with "alioli," (is garlic mayonnaise sauce from Cataluna), or another dipping sauce from Spain.

Marinated Carrots Recipe - Zanahorías Aliñadas
Marinated and pickled vegetables are traditional dishes in Spain, and are commonly served in homes and at tapas bars. This recipe for marinated carrots is a great example of how tasty a simple-to-prepare tapa can be. Cook carrots in water, then marinate in vinegar, water and spices for a few hours. Drizzle with oil and serve.

Grilled Peach & Roasted Tomato Montado Recipe
For the Spanish, a "montado" is a flavorful topping "riding" on a small slice of baguette. "Montado" toppings come in a wide variety. Grilled peaches and roasted tomatoes ride atop fresh mozarella cheese on a toasted baguette slice. It makes a wonderful summer appetizer.

Spanish Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce Recipe - Champinones en Salsa de Vino
Finely chopped onion, garlic and parsley are sautéed in olive oil. Then, whole white mushrooms and white wine are added and cooked until tender. Serve over toasted baguette slices.

Neapolitan Omelet Recipe - Tortilla Napolitana
This is a quick and easy "tapa" or main course for a light dinner any night of the week. Fill the omelet with both black and green olives, slices of roasted pepper, grated cheese, sauteed onions and slices of fried tomato. Cut into wedges and serve with bread.

Easy Spanish Salmorejo Salad Recipe - Pastel de Salmorejo Cordobes
Easy "Pastel de Salmorejo" is made from the cold, Spanish soup called "salmorejo" by adding gelatine and chilling. Make in individual molds and serve as a "tapa" or serve as a side salad.

Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Mushroom & Spinach Recipe - Pimientos Rellenos
Small, roasted piquillo peppers are stuffed with mushrooms and spinach, then topped with creamy bechamel sauce.

Easy Spanish Garbanzo Bean Balls with Sauce Recipe - Bolas de Garbanzos
These fried garbanzo balls are an easy Spanish tapa, with smashed garbanzo beans, garlic and spices. Serve with a dipping sauce.

Vegetable Coca Recipe - Coca de Verduras - Coca Catalan
Cocas, typical of Cataluna, are similar to pizzas. This vegetarian coca is topped with cheese, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, asparagus and onions.

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