Spanish Tapas Recipes
Authentic Tapas Recipes from the Tapas Bars of Spain
Spain is made up of 17 autonomous communities, each one of which is passionate about its regional cuisine. Wherever you go in the country you’re rarely far from a good meal thanks to the whole assortment of tapas bars and restaurants which define the culture of high streets nationwide. The beauty of Spanish food lies in the use of fresh ingredients rather than fancy sauces. Freshness and simple cooking techniques help create tasty and varied cuisine throughout this diverse nation.
The whole food culture is one of the things I miss most when I’m away from Spain so I've learned to cook many of the country's best known dishes. In this book I've included my favourite tapas recipes which most commonly appear on tapas menus in the bars of Spain. Of course perennial favourites such as Spanish tortilla, meatballs and croquetas all appear together with a selection of other tapas dishes that I consider to be amongst the most popular.
Having bought more than my fair share of tapas recipe books over the years I've been quite critical of the number of tapas recipes for dishes that I've never seen in more than 20 years of eating in Spain. This book is not 101 tapas recipes that nobody has ever heard of, it is a selection of authentic tapas recipes as prepared in the kitchens of Spain with simple cooking instruction.
Here's a list of the recipes I've included:
1: Tortilla de Patatas - Spanish Tortilla
2: Champiñones al Ajillo - Garlic Mushrooms
3: Patatas Bravas - Spicy Roast Potatoes
4: Albondigas - Meatballs
5: Mejillones en Salsa de Tomate - Mussels in Tomato Sauce
6: Carne en Salsa - Stewed Pork in Sauce
7: Pollo al Ajillo - Garlic Chicken
8: Gazpacho - Cold Tomato and Cucumber Soup
9: Gambas al Vino Blanco - Prawns in White Wine
10: Croquetas de Jamón - Serrano Ham Croquettes
11: Chorizo en Vino Tinto - Chorizo in Red Wine
12: Higaditos de Pollo al Jerez - Chicken Livers in Sherry
13: Boquerones Fritos - Deep Fried Whitebait
14: Calamares a la Romana - Deep Fried Squid Rings
15: Garbanzos con Chorizo - Chickpeas and Chorizo
16: Patatas Ali Oli - Potatoes in Garlic Mayonnaise
17: Pinchos Morunos - Skewered Pork Kebabs
18: Revuelto con Setas - Scrambled Eggs with Wild Mushrooms
19: Guisantes con Jamón - Peas and Ham
20: Gambas en Gabardina - Prawns in Batter
21: Salmorejo - Typical Cordobés Tomato Dip
I hope you enjoy them.
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