Super delicious, different types of Spanish Tapas
In case you didn’t know, “tapas” is a term used to describe a traditional Spanish snack or finger food. Tourists, just like Spaniards, love tapas and they have some whenever they can. Spanish tapas are known for their exceptional taste and they are relatively easy to prepare. There are literally dozens of different Spanish tapas and we will now mention some of the most popular ones.
First of all, we will start with the croquetas de Jamon or ham croquettes. They represent tiny fritters that are fried. These afternoon snacks are used all over Spain. Ham croquettes are ideal when they are consumed with beer or wine. Of course, don’t forget that they are a little bit caloric, so don’t eat too many of them (even though this may present a challenge).
The Spanish omelet or tortilla Espanola is another popular type of tapas. If you are in a restaurant or buffet you may find it as potato omelet too. Many food experts consider this to be one of the most famous national dishes of Spain. There are only three ingredients that people use in order to prepare this omelet – eggs, potatoes and onions. The best part is that you don’t have to use it only as tapas – many people use it in sandwiches and as side dish too.
Spain is known for the seafood because it has access to a few seas and people in Spain have been involved in fishing for many centuries. Fried squid rings is a tapas that is praised for its delicious taste. They are popular appetizers in Spain and in other Mediterranean countries. As a matter of fact, they are so tasty that even Americans included them in their cuisine. The best part about these squid rings is that in most places in Spain, they are made from fresh squids. In order to get better taste, you can use salt, virgin olive oil, lemon and/or flour.
While we are talking about seafood, we must mention the garlic shrimps too. They’ve been used as tapas for many decades in Spain. Just like most tapas, it is very easy and simple to prepare them. The main ingredients – shrimps and garlic – are praised for their benefits to human health. If you want to prepare them yourself instead of visiting some of the many beautiful restaurants in Spain, you will need half a kilo of fresh shrimps, four garlic cloves (minced well), lemon juice, ¼ cup of fresh clove oil, one teaspoon of red pepper and sweet paprika and a baguette.
The last sea-food type of tapas we will mention in this article is the stuffed mussels. This traditional dish includes mussels that are filled with different ingredients, breaded and fried in the end. If you want to prepare them use one onion, two large eggs (beaten), some breadcrumbs, two cups of low-fat milk and tomato sauce, two cloves of garlic, 1/3 cup of flour and one kilo of mussels. Enjoy!