Tapas are Spanish appetizers, meant to be eaten in just a few bites. Traditional tapas include mixed olives, fried baby squid, meatballs and chorizo. Papas bravas are another typical dish: It’s simply fried potatoes served with a creamy sauce. We like to use fingerling potatoes, sliced in half and seasoned with parsley and salt once they’ve been fried to a crisp. Our aioli is made with lemon juice and paprika for a bright, citrusy flavor. One of our favorite tapas is bacon-wrapped dates, which take just a few minutes and ingredients to prepare. Spanish cookbook author Penelope Casas takes this appetizer to the next level by stuffing spicy chorizo into sticky-sweet dates, and then wrapping them in bacon. These one-bite tapas are perfectly sweet and smoky, and are delicious any time of year. Get more tapas recipes from F&W’s guide.
This incredibly simple tapas recipe from Vosges Chocolate founder Katrina Markoff proves that chocolate should not be limited to dessert. The tart 74% dark chocolate used here pairs perfectly with the smoky, spicy Spanish chorizo in this savory application. Slideshow:More Toast Recipes
This fun take on antipasti from Fat Rice chef Abraham Conlon pairs plenty of crisp, spicy pickled vegetables with meaty bites of pork belly and briny olives. It’s a great starter for a party—serve it with lots of crusty bread.Slideshow: More Pickled Vegetables
Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish that features corn tortillas as a base. Here, find the recipes for a chilaquiles with pasilla salsa and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, a cola-marinated flank steak with frito chilaquiles and more.
Some of these pre-dinner snacks nod to Spain, where tapas originated, while others take cues from other parts of the world. The commonality: Each of these 14 tapas relies on five ingredients or fewer (outside of salt, pepper and olive oil).