A Little Dish of Spain – Tapas

When I was in Spain, I learned a lot about tapas. What is tapas? Let’s see if you can spot the commonalities amongst these dishes.

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A small bowl of shrimp?

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Croquettes?

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Calamari and mussels?

If you guessed that they’re all small sized appetizers, you’re right! Tapas is said to have originated in Sevilla, Spain. The term is derived from the Spanish word “tapa”, which translates as “cover” or “lid”. How is this relevant?

Well, the Spanish are social creatures so it only made sense that they carry food and drinks around with them as they mingle. In this case, a small plate (aka “cover/lid”) of food on top of a drink (normally a wine, cocktail or apératif) to keep themselves energized and quenched. It is the traditional way of eating food at a Spanish bar or restaurant. Tapas can be composed of a variety of bite-sized hor d’oeuvres, like seafood, olives, deli meats, cheese, vegetables, etc., which can be hot or cold. The possibilities are endless. Even though they are considered appetizers, eating enough of these can form an entire meal.

Have you ever tried going to a tapas bar?

 

 

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