Spanish Recipes – Tempting Tapas Dishes

March 14, 2023 by No Comments

Spain is famous for its tapas and, whichever Spanish bar you

frequent, in whichever area of the country, you are sure to

find them.

So, what exactly are “tapas” and where did the name come from?

Tapas are, essentially, snacks and the word literally means

“cover”. The name originates from the card which used to be

placed on top of your drink to protect it from the flies

(this can be a hot country!).

At some point in time, it became popular to place a little

snack on top of this card. At first, this would just have

been something simple like a few nuts and olives, or a fresh

slice of crusty Spanish bread plus topping.

In those, not-so-far-gone days, the tapas were free! That

is not usually the case these days, although you will

occasionally be presented with a small dish of crisps or

olives to go with your drink.

Nowadays, there is a wide variety of (paid) tapas, with

some bars really going-to-town on them and offering

highly original, magnificently presented snacks.

But, even a fairly humble bar will present you with the

opportunity to enjoy a slice of tortilla (Spanish omelette),

boquerones (fresh, marinated anchovies preserved in olive

oil and garlic), calamares (squid), champiñones al ajillo

(garlic mushrooms), jamón serrano, Manchego cheese, etc.

Are you keen on cooking? Then perhaps you would like

to try out this tapas potato recipe called “Patatas

Bravas”. An old Spanish favorite, it is simple to

prepare, using fairly basic ingrediants but, it should

only be savored by the courageous as it is quite spicy!

Ingrediants are for four people.


750 g potatoes

4 dessertspoons olive oil

Salt and black pepper

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 dessertspoons red vinegar wine

2 teaspoons tomato purée


1. Peel potatoes and cut into chunks.

2. Fry in oil for 3-4 minutes until lightly colored.

3. Add salt and pepper to potatoes.

4. Cover pan, lower heat and cook for 20 minutes.

5. Sprinkle with paprika and cayenne. Increase heat.

6. Mix wine vinegar with tomato purée. Add to pan.

7. Cook a couple of minutes, constantly stirring.

8. There should be no loose liquid or oil in the pan.

Should you fancy coming to the country to try the original

version, there are plenty of afternoon Tapas Tours available

throughout Spain for you to enjoy! Or download the

wonderful e-book of 300 Simple Tapas Recipes!