Tapas

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.

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3 Super-Easy Tapas Recipes
Chef José Andrés is known for two things: his incredible Spanish food and his wild, insanely fun parties. What's his secret? Keep it simple, he says. Here, are three super-fast tapas.
Lamb Meatballs with Mint
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The bar at Seville's Enrique Becerra restaurant serves a standout tapa, Albóndigas de Cordero a la Hierbabuena, meatballs made with the classic combination of lamb and mint. Cocktail Party Recipes
Fingerling Papas Bravas with Smoky Aioli
Students in Haven’s Kitchen’s tapas class learn to make this twist on classic Spanish fried potatoes. The lemony aioli gets its deep flavor from smoked paprika. There are usually lots of fried potatoes left over after the class, so chef David Mawhinney turns them into a luscious oversize frittata to serve at the coffee counter. Slideshow: Terrific Tapas 
Crispy Corn Tortillas with Chicken and Cheddar
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For these flautas, tortillas are rolled around a savory filling and pan-fried until crisp. Grace Parisi perfected her technique by watching My Mexican Recipes on YouTube.
Cauliflower Fritters
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To create these wonderful tapas, José Andrés makes a batter with crunchy nubs of chopped cauliflower florets, fries spoonfuls in a skillet and then tops the fritters with yogurt sauce and a dollop of caviar.
Our Best Tapas Recipes
Popular throughout Spain, tapas are festive and delicious appetizers and snacks. Traditional tapas include mixed olives, fried baby squid, meatballs and chorizo. Whether you're craving briny seafood or crispy potatoes, these are our best tapas recipes.
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