Top 5 Spanish tapas
Tapa translated means ‘lid’; the story goes that glasses of wine were served topped with a slice of bread with the purpose of keeping the flies out. However, before long, the cunning patrons realised the added business value that accompanied this, and they started offering an extra slice of cheese to the bread, or an anchovy, or a wafer-thin slice of jamon. Tapas became the perfect and most civilized drinking partner; a cold beer, a glass of sangria or chilled dry Rose is never detached from a little nibble on the side. In La Bodeguita, one of Seville’s oldest bars, the legend “ no sangre sin corpe” – no blood without flesh – is painted above the bar, reaffirming the spanish enthusiam for this esential and ancient relationship.
Here are Scott Dunn’s pick of top tapas dishes. Try them at home before heading out to Spain and tasting the true authenticity of the local tapas.
Plato de Ibericos
This is a selection of Iberico smoked meats. Served as a platter of Jamon Serrano, Salami, Chorizo and often Manchego cheese; this is a typical way to start a Spanish meal. Nothing can beat Spanish cured meats the exceptional smokey taste is completely unbeatable.
Baked or fried artichoke hearts provide a delicious base for a variety of dishes; they are often served with spinach, garlic, goats cheese, Manchego, cured ham, or a combination of them all.
Pincho De Cerdo
Pork skewers with caramelized apple is a sensational combination and makes for a more hearty Tapas dish. The cubes of pork are marinated in a mixture of Spanish sweet paprika, cumin, mint and olive oil. They are grilled with sweet caramalized apples and served hot.
More than the standard chip, these fried potatoes are served in chunky wedges alongside a spicy tomato aioli. A satisfying side to a cold Cruzcampo lager, a glass of chilled manzanilla sherry or a copa of the locally produced vino mosto, a dry rosé.
These are the edible version of Russian roulette. The small, green peppers are fried until their skins blister, then coated in sea salt. They have the potential to tingle your tongue or blow your mind.