Celebrate the 4th World Tapa's Day with Eatapas

Published : 09/29/2015 00:00:01
Categories : Eatapas Suggestions

Today 29th of September is one of our favourite days of the year – the 4th annual ‘World Tapa's Day’. We love it. It’s got us in the party mood and to celebrate we are going to show you how to put on a Tapas treat for all your friends and family. Of course, for those lucky enough to be in Spain may be able to venture one of the fantastic Tapas Tours available. For everyone else though, yes you could go out to a Tapas bar or restaurant for a great meal, but what about doing it the authentic Spanish way? Invite your friends and family round and enjoy an authentic Spanish celebration in the comfort of your own home – Follow our steps to prepare 5 of our favourite iconic, classic Tapas dishes to share.

Celebrate World Tapa's Day and invite your friends and family round to share some artisan Tapas

So let’s get in the Spanish mood… Tell your friends to come and celebrate ‘World Tapa's Day’ – In Spanish we say one of the following common expressions: “Ir de Tapas”,   “Tapear” or “Compartir Tapas” they all mean “let’s go and share some Tapas”.

Okay, so now you know how to tell Spaniards how to start a Spanish Tapas party. Let’s get into the Spanish frame of mind. Tapas derives from the desire to enjoy, share and socialise around food. Frequently, Tapas are “en el centro” which means that dishes must be placed in the centre of the table so that all the fellow diners can share them.

Top 5 authentic Tapas recipes to help enjoy ‘World Tapa's Day’ with friends

1. Tapa de Jamón Ibérico con Pan con Tomate o Picos - Ibérico Ham Tapa with Tomato Rubbed Bread or Picos

You can’t start off an authentic Tapas dinner without a platter of fine Ibérico Ham. You don’t want any old ham you need the unique, intense, genuine taste of artisan hand carved Ibérico Ham. If you want to go all out you can buy the leg and hand carve yourself, but to make things easier you can buy it ready sliced.

You need to take the ham out of the fridge at least ½ an hour before serving it as it’s always best served no cooler than room temperature. A nice trick is to run it under warm water for a minute before taking it out of its vacuum sealed pack.

Once ready, place slices around the edge of a large plate, then in the centre place a bowl full of some typical Andalusian breadsticks known as Picos. We also suggest you prepare some bread rubbed with tomatoes.

 

2. Anchoas del Cantábrico - Cantabrian Anchovies

Authentic Cantabrian Anchovies are so good you don’t need to do much in order to prepare them. Pour the anchovy fillets on a dish well separated from one another and drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

If you want to pair them up with something we suggest some award winning Spanish Idiazabal Cheese. Here’s our favourite way to consume:        

  • Toast some slices of bread, preferably Baguette or Ciabatta
  • Place two triangles of Idiazabal Cheese on them
  • Top it with one or two anchovy fillets
  • Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

In the Basque Country, Cantabrian Anchovy is the basic ingredient of Gilda, one of the most famous local Tapas.

3. Gambas al Ajillo - Garlic Prawns

Another great classic Spanish Tapas dish is Gambas al Ajillo. Another simple yet highly gastronomically effective! It’s quick, easy and packs a mean garlicky punch. Fresh shrimp, sautéed in olive oil and lots of garlic, with a touch of Spanish paprika and a splash of brandy all combined to create one of the most popular tapas.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 pound of peeled prawns
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4/5 Garlic Cloves
  • 5-6 small dried hot chilli peppers
  • Coarse Salt

Preparation

  • Finely mince the garlic cloves
  • Pour a generous quantity of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a frying pan or preferably in a clay pan. The bottom of the pan should be completely covered with oil
  • Add the minced garlic cloves and the chilli peppers and heat on medium-low
  • Keep on turning garlic cloves and chilli peppers over to brown all the sides
  • When garlic cloves are golden brown add prawns, being careful to have just a single layer
  • Cook for no more than 2/3 minutes
  • Serve immediately directly from the clay pan

Variations

To enhance the dish flavour you can:

  • Add a splash of dry sherry or brandy or dry white wine along with the shrimps
  • Sprinkle some Spanish Paprika to finish the dish –helps to infuse with smoky aromas

4. Huevos Rotos con Chorizo – Spanish Broken Eggs with Chorizo

This is a slightly heavier dish than the previous ones, but a mainstay in an authentic delicious Spanish Tapas meal. Consisting of Artisan Spanish Chorizo, potato, onion and egg it forms an easy yet satisfying party piece.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 2 medium potatoes (225-250g), peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g cooking chorizo, sliced
  • 1 Spanish onion, chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 organic or free-range eggs
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • a sprinkling of smoked sweet Spanish paprika

Preparation

  • Add a generous pinch of salt to the cubed potatoes, toss well and leave in a colander for 15 minutes.
  • Heat olive oil in a large frying pan, add the chorizo and cook over a medium heat for a few minutes until it caramelises.
  • Remove chorizo and set aside.
  • Add onion, peppers, thyme, rosemary and a pinch of salt to the pan and cook gently for approx. 10 mins, stirring occasionally.
  • Once onion and peppers begin to soften stir in potatoes and garlic, cooking for a further 15mins.
  • Return chorizo and crack the eggs into the mixture.
  • Remove from the heat and gently stir until the egg is cooked (return the pan to the heat if necessary).
  • Season to taste, sprinkle with the parsley and paprika and serve immediately, with bread or toast.

5. Queso Manchego con Membrillo y Nueces - Manchego Cheese with Quince Jam and Walnuts

No Spanish dinner party would be complete without some good quality Manchego, the king of Spanish cheeses. Again, this is another quick and easy option. We think it is best paired with Quince Jam and Walnuts.

  • Cut Manchego Cheese into 0.5 cm thick rectangular pieces.
  • Put on top one rectangle of Quince Jam.
  • Finish hit with ½ shelled walnut.

This tapa should be served at the end of the meal. As a matter of fact in the Basque Country it is served as a dessert.

Of course there are plenty of other authentic Spanish dishes and you can check out our store for loads more products and great Tapas ingredients. Check out our other recipes or suggestions to help you with your put on a genuine Spanish Tapas dinner party here.

To help enjoy ‘World Tapa's Day’ and to help celebrate our 1st birthday we are currently offering our customers free delivery on all orders over £30.

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