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Spanish tapas recipes

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Enjoy the Spanish cuisine

Almost everyone who loves Spain also loves tapas; the delicious little appetizers. For those who want to enjoy Spanish atmosphere at home, serving various tapas is recommended. Enjoy the spicy meatballs in a slightly spicy Spanish tomato sauce (albondigas). Or make an appetizer board with Spanish olives, Iberico ham and manchego, among other things. Add a can of anchovies. This is not only very cozy, but in combination with bread this is also a perfect tapa to share! Or how about the famous patatas bravas? This potato classic with fresh aioli and spicy tomato sauce is usually enjoyed by everyone.

Serve the snack board with some "verduras", such as marinated artichokes, grilled eggplant or zucchini and, among other things, stuffed sweet red peppers. And complete the whole with a tasty "tortilla".

Are you looking forward to it yet? Then view a number of tapas dishes below.

Typical Spanish tapas with croquettes, ham and tortilla

Origin of Tapas

Did you know that the word "tapas" is derived from the Spanish tapear? That means covering. The story goes that tapas originated because the Spaniards love sweet drinks. In the summer flies and wasps were attracted to this. To prevent these from getting into the drinks, the custom arose to serve something small with the drinks so that one could cover the glass. This is where tapas originated and this is also the reason why you regularly get a small bowl of nuts or something else while you are sitting on the terrace. Tapas have now become an indispensable part of Spanish cuisine and tapas are also extremely popular all over the world!

Spanish albondigas

A delicious snack that should not be missing on a tapas table!


Mix 500 grams of minced meat with an egg, 5 tbsp. breadcrumbs, 1 clove of garlic and some salt, pepper and paprika powder. Also add a pinch of oregano. If the mixture is still too wet, you can add some extra breadcrumbs.

Then roll small meatballs. Heat oil or butter in a pan and fry the albondigas until golden brown in about 12 minutes. When they have a small crust, turn the heat down and let them braise for a while.

In the meantime, make the sauce by heating oil or butter in another pan. Fry 2 chopped shallots and add a chopped clove of garlic plus half a chopped red pepper. Let it simmer for a few minutes and then add 500 ml of sieved tomatoes. Season to taste with sugar, salt and pepper.

Before you serve the albondigas, add the meatballs to the sauce. Garnish with a little bit of parsley.

Buen provecho!

Variety of Spanish tapas
Spanish albondigas, a delicious tapa from Spain
Selection of Spanish tapas with patatas bravas

Patatas Bravas

Nowadays you can buy Patatas Bravas in the supermarket in many places. But you can also easily make the authentic Spanish patatas bravas with a homemade sauce at home.


Take approximately 600 to 700 grams of waxy potatoes. Cut these into small pieces of approximately 3x3 cm. Boil them in a pan of water for 7 minutes. Drain them and then fry the potatoes in the oil in a frying pan. Season them with some salt, pepper and paprika powder.

For the sauce, finely chop a shallot. Heat oil in a pan and fry the shallot together with a clove of garlic. Add 2 teaspoons of paprika powder and 1 tablespoon of tomato puree. Then add (a little at a time) 200 ml of stock. In the meantime, make a paste of 3 teaspoons of cornstarch and a little water and add it to the sauce while stirring until it has thickened.

Serve the potatoes in a few small bowls. Spoon the sauce over it and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Enjoy your meal!