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).

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Garlicky Shrimp with Olive Oil
Credit: © Quentin Bacon

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).

1. Apples on horseback
Wrap apples and Manchego in pancetta and grill on a rosemary skewer.

Apples On Horseback

2. Sardines on toast
Drape the tinned fish over olive oil toasts and drizzle with reduced balsamic for an elegant, healthy starter.

Sardine Toasts

3. Crispy chickpeas
Roast chickpeas tossed with olive oil, salt and rosemary for a supereasy bar snack.

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4. Spicy popcorn
Break out the Japanese ingredients in your pantry, including nori and togarashi, for this delicious savory-spicy popcorn.

Spicy Japanese Popcorn

5. Pumpkin seed–cheese spread
Blend cream cheese with mustard and pumpkin seed oil for an Austrian-style spread for bread or dip for pretzels.

Austrian Cheese Spread with Pumpkin Seed Oil. Photo © Michael Turek
Credit: © Michael Turek

Football season is nearly here and it’s time to start making a game plan for snacks. If you don’t have time to make anything before the game (or you run out of food before the first half is over), you can utilize half time to make something awesome. Here, six perfect noshes that are ready in no time.

6. Sweet potato chips
Slice sweet potatoes on a mandoline, toss with olive oil and roast until crisp.

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper is all you need for these simple chips.

7. Fast flatbread
Spread hummus on store-bought pizza dough and top with sliced zucchini for a three-ingredient snack.

Hummus and Grilled-Zucchini Pizzas

8. Grilled ham and cheese
Turn the toasted sandwich into a pre-dinner snack by cutting it into quarters. Elevate it with a spread of strawberry jam.

Day 20: Grilled Ham and Cheese with Strawberry-Red-Wine Jam

The secret to these delectable sandwiches is the strawberry jam spiked with Pinot Noir. It truly takes these grilled baked ham and Gruyère cheese sandwiches to the next level. We would gladly devour these melty sandwiches for lunch any day. So just let us know when you're making them? Thanks.

9. Grilled okra with red curry–lime dressing
Grilled okra actually makes good finger food, especially when it’s tossed in a tangy-hot dressing.

Grilled Okra with Red Curry-Lime Dressing

10. Watercress-Fontina omelet
Any frittata can be sliced into small pieces for an easy tapa. This one is extra special because the egg whites get whipped to make a fluffy omelet.

Watercress-Fontina Souffléed Omelet

11. Garlicky shrimp
Poach shrimp in olive oil with garlic and crushed red pepper, then serve with crusty bread.

Garlicky Shrimp with Olive Oil
Credit: © Quentin Bacon

12. Chorizo poached in red wine
Plump Spanish chorizo in dry red wine flavored with garlic and bay leaves, then slice and serve with toothpicks. https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chorizo-poached-in-red-wine

Chorizo Poached in Red Wine
Credit: © Cedric Angeles

13. Fried peppers with prosciutto
Fried green peppers, like pimiento de padrón, are the world’s best one-ingredient tapa. To make the peppers even more spectacular, toss them with fried ham and fresh mint.

Fried Peppers with Prosciutto

14. Tuna red pepper mousse
For a tapa that could be at home on a bar in San Sebastián, puree olive oil–packed tuna with a roasted red pepper and butter, then spread on toasts and top with pine nuts.

Tuna and Red Pepper Mousse Toasts

Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016) and the blog Eat Better, Drink Better. She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.