Welcome back! If you checked out my last blog post (which so so many of you did and I love you for it), you know that the first stop on my recent honeymoon to Europe was a gorgeous little trip to Barcelona. At the end of the post, I promised a little tutorial on how to make Spanish-style tapas. These little bites are so easy and fun to make, and can be real crowd pleasers when done right.
The great thing about tapas are that they can be a blank slate with which you make any number of different flavor combinations. The flavors I used were inspired by Spanish food that I had while in Barcelona – things like gouda, manchego, salami, and pickles or olives. However, you could take the basic idea of tapas and twist it to serve any palate. Mini meatballs covered in marinara on small slices of crostini? Gorg. Tex-Mex bean dip in little baby tortilla bowls? Perf. Sushi rice balls filled with pickled veggies and deep-fried? Honestly sounds a little difficult but if someone else makes it for me I’M THERE.
There’s a basic philosophy behind tapas: start with a base, add a few ingredients that harmonize perfectly together, throw on a toothpick to keep everything in place, and make enough to feed a small crowd. If you follow that, there’s no way you can go wrong. I chose a sweet tapa that combines fruit preserves with salty meat and creamy cheese, a salty tapa that offsets the sodium of salami with the bite of a pickle or olive, and a spicy tapa that is revered all throughout Spain (seriously, patatas bravas are EVERYWHERE). Take the basic recipes I have here and play around with them to fit your favorite flavors, and let me know what you come up with! Whether these start your next family reunion or accompany a World Cup watch party, they are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Much like tapas themselves, this post was small and to the point. I’m trying to offset the fact that I rambled on for AGES in my Spain recap post, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to do the same thing next post. You just can’t get me to stop talking about travel! Stay tuned for more of my travels in the #OutOfTheKitchen section of the blog!