Typically, tapas are small, bite-sized dishes that are served either hot or cold and are usually flavoured quite strongly with garlic, chilli, saffron or cumin. The word tapas originates from the Spanish word "tapar" - to cover, and is believed to come from taverns in Andulucia, where sherry drinkers would request a slice of bread or piece of meat to cover their drink from fruit flies. Tapas have evolved a lot since then, but crusty bread, olives and slices of meat are also still a staple and served alongside the other dishes.
Our tapas recipes are the perfect party food as you can prepare them in no time, or you can serve a selection as a main at an intimate dinner party. Why not give this clams with sherry and Serrano ham recipe a go (pictured) - it's packed full of flavours that are very typically Spanish. They're not only bursting with flavour, but with colour too so they'll look stunning when served. Ideally, serve with crusty bread so guests can mop up the delicious juices too.
Serving tapas at your party is a great way to get people not only sharing, but talking as well, as the small bite-size dishes allow guests to move around, rather than people focusing on a whole meal in front of them. Why not make a small selection of these recipes a go at your next drinks party; we guarantee, they're sure to be a hit!
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