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Top Ten Vegetarian Tapas

Easy Vegetarian Tapas Dishes for Entertaining


Are you vegetarian, or are you entertaining vegetarian guests? Choose one or several of these meatless tapas to prepare. There's something for everyone - from cheese-lovers to garlic lovers. Most are simple and easy; some do not require any cooking at all.

1. Spanish Cheese and Tomato Pie Recipe - Tarta de Tomatitos y Queso

Spanish Cheese and Tomato Pie Recipe - Tarta de Tomatitos y Queso
Lisa Sierra (c) 2012 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Hot and cheesy, make one large "pie" to cut into individual servings or bake in mini pie pans. Flaky pastry crust is fill with sautéed onions and garlic, grated parmesan, mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Then, ripe cherry tomato halves top the pie, along with crushed oregano and pepper.

2. Easy Roasted Red Peppers in Oil, Vinegar & Garlic Recipe

Piquillo Peppers with Oil, Vinegar and Garlic, Pimientos de Piquillo con Aceite, Vinagre y Ajo
Lisa Sierra (c) 2010 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Marinate roasted red peppers in extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and fresh minced garlic. Then, serve on a platter with slices of rustic bread on the side.

3. Grilled Eggplant in Tomato Vinaigrette Recipe - Berenjena con Vinagreta

Eggplant with Tomato Vinaigrette
(c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com
Broil or grill slices of eggplant, then spoon over a tomato-basil vinaigrette sauce and serve. This is a great make-ahead dish, which you can take out just before serving.

4. Fried Padrón Peppers Recipe – Pimientos de Padrón Fritos

Pimientos Padron - Padron Peppers
Lisa Sierra (c) 2010 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Fry small green padron peppers in olive oil, then sprinkle with coarse salt and serve. There cannot be a simpler tapa!

5. Spanish Fried Cauliflower Recipe - Coliflor Rebozada

Spanish Fried Cauliflower - Coliflor Rebozada
(c) 2012 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc.
Dip in beaten egg and light dust with flour. Then, pop the cauliflower pieces into the frying pan to brown on all sides. Serve with creamy, garlicky alioli sauce, or another Spanish sauce for dipping.

6. Marinated Carrots Recipe - Zanahorías Aliñadas

Marinated Carrots Recipe - Zanahorías Aliñadas
(c) 2012 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc.
Marinated carrots are simple, tasty, healthy and add lots of color to the table. Boil the carrots until cooked, but crisp. Then, marinate for a few hours in vinegar, water, garlic and spices. Try it with mushrooms, too!

7. Spanish Bravas Potatoes Recipe - Patatas Bravas

Bravas Potatoes - Patatas Bravas
Lisa Sierra (c) 2012 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Fry chunks of potatoes and serve warm covered with brava sauce, made with tomato sauce, paprika, Tabasco and garlic. Serve with toothpicks.

8. Alioli Potatoes Recipe - Patatas Alioli

Patatas Alioli - Alioli Potatoes
Fried, warm chunks of potatoes are smothered with alioli sauce. This is a garlic-lover's appetizer. Serve with Bravas Potatoes (see above). The "bravas" and "alioli" sauces will compliment each other.

9. Cheese in Olive Oil Recipe - Queso en Aceite

Cheese in Oil - Queso en Aceite
Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Soak goat cheese in olive oil and spices. Put it in the refrigerator, so the garlic, thyme and rosemary becomes infused into the oil. Serve with a cheese knife and slices of French-style bread.

10. Goat Cheese with Paprika, Garlic, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Capers Recipe

Goat Cheese with Paprika Tapa - Queso de Cabra con Pimenton (c)
Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Use soft goat cheese and mix with roasted garlic and paprika. Spread that over slices of bread and arrange with sun-dried tomatoes and capers on top. The tangy, yet creamy goat cheese, combines with the rich flavor of roasted garlic and the salty flavors of the tomatoes and capers. It's ready in just a few minutes.
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