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I'm just curious about tapas food...It's from Spain, isn't it? I'd really love to learn to make tapas food...Anyway, is it like finger food or more than that? And does any of you have the recipes for tapas food??
- Member since Tue 22 Mar 05
So, what exactly are "tapas" and where did the name come from?
Tapas are - essentially - snacks, and the word literally means "cover". The name originates from the card which used to be placed on top of your drink to protect it from the flies (this can be a hot country!).
At some point in time, it became popular to place a little snack on top of this card. At first, it would just have been something simple like a few nuts and olives, or a fresh slice of crusty Spanish bread plus topping.
In those, not-so-far-gone days, the tapas were free! That is not always the case these days - although you´ll still discover some speciality tapas bars where the appetizers are included in the price of the drink.
Nowadays, you can enjoy a tremendous variety of (paid) tapas, with some bars really going-to-town on them, offering highly original, magnificently presented snacks.
Even a fairly humble bar will present you with the opportunity to reliish a slice of tortilla (Spanish omelette), boquerones (fresh, marinated anchovies preserved in olive oil and garlic), calamares (squid), champiñones al ajillo (garlic mushrooms), jamón serrano, Manchego cheese ...
- Member since Tue 22 Mar 05
alioli potatoes (patatas alioli)
Ingrediants - for 4 people
250 gr potatoes - in chunks and boiled until just tender
100 ml extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic - peeled and crushed with salt
1 tablespoon freshly-chopped parsley
Freshly-ground black pepper
1 dessertspoon chopped chives
1. Drain the boiled potatoes and set aside to cool.
2. Place the egg, oil, garlic, parsley and pepper into a blender.
3. Whiz until smooth.
4. Stir the cold, boiled potato chunks into the mixture.
5. Cover, and chill in the fridge.
6. Sprinkle with snipped chives and serve.
Thanks a lot,young mum and GeoffP for the information!
I heard that food in each regions in Spain is quite different, does this mean that tapas will be different too or it has these same recipes?
Can you find tapas in restaurants or just in bars?
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Hi Sandra. Tapas does vary from region to region, I live in Spain in a small village north of Alicante in the region of Valencia.You can get tapas any time of the day in bars and restaurants.One of my favourites is Patas a la pobre which means poor mans potato.
1.Peel and cut potates into bite size chunks and deep fry.
2.Take a green or red pepper clean this out and cut into large squares
fry off in some olive oil.
3. when both are ready put into a pan , take one beaten egg and add
to the potato and pepper and cook till the egg is ready.
Allas de pollo.
These are just deep fried chicken wings.
Gambas a la gabadina.( Prawns with coats)
Peeled prawns in batter deep fried.
Have a go at these and see what you think but there are so many you'll have to come to Spain to taste some more.
Thanks, billybear! Those recipes sound really great. I'll give it a try. Hopefully I can go to Spain to taste the real tapas.