There is a lot of different Tapas dishes in Spain, so I’ve had to do a bit of research between what I know and what I don’t.
One of my best memories of a great tapas dish, was one day cruising into Haro, the so-called capital of the La Rioja wine region. It was siesta time and we looked for a tapas bar. Deciding on a bar that looked popular, we ordered our tapas raciones. One of my plates was called champiñones/mushrooms, which was grilled on the hot plate in front of me and had a mixture of vinegar, olive oil, and garlic poured over the top to enhance the flavour. I can only say it was to die for, and after that time I have taken the recipe back home with me, but changed it to pouring balsamic vinaigrette instead of the previous one.
Often when cruising around Spain I would duck into a tapas bar to get a bocadillo con tortilla/ spanish omelette in a hot dog style bread bun. Spanish omelette is so tasty and very common to find.
Also I remember my favourite bar in Alcala de Henares run by Argentines, who would give out slices of their pizza as their tapas when you bought a drink at their bar.
I have decided to give my top 5 tapas dishes and then give a list of other tasty dishes I find over the net
1 champiñones– mushrooms as mentioned above
2 bocadillo de tortilla/ spanish omelette in a hot dog style bun- found everywhere but it’s popular for a reason
3 patatas/papas bravas– spicy potatoes- common but I like the sauce smothered over it
4 albondigas– meatballs in a spanish style tomato salsa
5 bocadillo de jamon serrano– typical Spanish mountain ham sandwich- simply but Serrano(mountain) ham is a classic pure taste of Spain
Now that I’ve given my favourites here are five more interesting tapas dishes that I didn’t know of before:
1 Gazpacho– a cold Spanish soup, made from a mixture of stale bread, tomato, cucumber, capsicum/bell pepper, onion and garlic, olive oil, wine vinegar, and salt.
2 Pimientos de Padron
3 Scrambled eggs Burgos style– eggs scrambled, mixed with fried tomatoes, olives, and shrimps
4 Salteado “Tio Pepe” Sautée with “Tio Pepe” sherry– a sautéed dish with garlic, onion, mushrooms, serrano ham and shrimps
5 Solomillo con salsa de roquefort o reducción de vino– sirloin steak with roquefort/wine sauce- yummy
The wierdest tapas I have been ask to share was a Galician specialty “pigs ears”
If you mouth is already watering like mine get yourself to the nearest tapas bar straight away. If you are in Spain that shouldn’t be too hard to achieve.
A great place to grab some tapas is Malaga, Spain click here to view our post, on what to see and do there
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