History of Tapas, Spanish appetizers
We all love a nice tapas dish but do we know where it originates? There are many stories but they all seem to share a common theme in the name. Tapa is translated as ‘Lid’ so the plural of lids is tapas. The history from why this came to be is vague but there are some nice suggestions of how this came to be. One suggests the inns along the main travel routes in Spain used slices of meat or bread to place over the tops of glasses to keep flies off of the sherry being consumed. Another said that King Alfonso stopped in Cadiz to have a drink at an inn and the waiter put a slice of ham on top to protect the drink from the sand and the King reportedly ordered a second one ‘with the lid’. My favourite was the a law was passed to make it compulsory to serve and alcoholic drink with a small plate on top with food on it to slow down the effects of the booze and rowdy behaviour of soldiers and sailors off enjoying their free time.
Easy Tapas Ideas
Marinated Olives: Rather than buy premarinated olives make your own. 1/4 chili oil to 3/4 regular olive oil with finely chopped garlic and some finely chopped thyme with make this great. Serve with some fresh crusty bread for a ridiculously easy tapas dish.
Wrap Serrano ham around slices of plum for a sweet and tasty quick and easy tapas addition
BBQ spicy ribs, slice individually for a nice addition to your tapas table. Get recipe here.
Mini Quiche or La quichitas – Make in advance to save you time for your east tapas table. Get recipe here.
Pork Skewers or pinchos – place cubes of pork onto skewers and cover in a tomato, chilli and lemon sauce and grill.
Chicken and chorizo empanadas – Can make in advance for your easy tapas arsenal. Soft crumbly pastry and zingy chorizo… nice! Get recipe here.
Meatballs or Albondigas – Use minced beef or pork blended with salt, pepper, chilli, garlic and parsley. Serve in tomato sauce.
Pork belly and chilli – Well worth the extra time to cook, this is divine – Get recipe here.
Artichoke hearts – Serve in oil with finely chopped garlic. Superb.
Apple and Manchego crostini – Easy to make, easy to eat, Easy tapas!
Sweet Bread or Torta de Aciete: Make bread using oil and water. Add in anise seeds and roll flat, dipping one side in sugar before baking
Churros – Make with flour, egg, baking powder and cinnamon, pipe into hot oil to cook and dust with sugar, great with chocolate.
I hope you like my selection of tapas ideas, which are my favourites. There are so many Spanish appetizers to choose from you can never really get fed up with any of them and nearly all of them are such easy tapas to make you can have a feast in no time at all.