Tapas can be a flavor-filled experience. For a different style of eating, plan to create ‘little dishes’ for your dinner. By either making Tapas or other appetizers, you can try the essence of Spanish life and culture in a relaxed atmosphere with these little bites of intense flavor. You can keep it simple or you can make it as complicated as you like. This can start out as a different way of eating for your gatherings as a Tapa or Appetizer Night for a monthly tradition.
History of Tapas
Originally from Spain, Tapa means “cover” in Spanish. The name comes from a card that used to be put on top of a drink to protect it from flies; at some point it became a habit to top this “cover” with a snack.
It is said that the first Tapas was simply a hunk of bread. Tapas traditionally may have been a complementary piece of sliced ham served on top of a glass of wine, but we know them today as small portions of food commonly served as a snack before lunch or dinner. Tapas can be as simple as a bowl of olives or more hearty, such as slices of Serrano ham.