Tapas: A Truly Unique Spanish Tradition
Spanish tapas are a delightful assortment of small, flavorful dishes that are meant to be shared and enjoyed. Here’s a list of the top 10 Spanish tapas that are popular and loved by many:
1. **Patatas Bravas**: Fried potato cubes served with a spicy tomato sauce and often accompanied by a garlic aioli.
2. **Tortilla Española**: A traditional Spanish omelette made with eggs, potatoes, and sometimes onions, served in a slice.
3. **Gambas al Ajillo**: Garlic shrimp sautéed in olive oil, often with a touch of red pepper flakes for some heat.
4. **Jamón Ibérico**: Thinly sliced, cured ham from acorn-fed pigs, known for its rich flavour and texture.
5. **Croquetas**: Deep-fried creamy croquettes typically contain ingredients like ham, cheese, chicken, or seafood.
6. **Pimientos de Padrón**: Small green peppers fried and sprinkled with sea salt, with the occasional spicy surprise.
7. **Pulpo a la Gallega**: Octopus cooked in olive oil, paprika, and salt, often served on sliced potatoes.
8. **Albóndigas**: Spanish meatballs usually made with beef and pork, served in a rich tomato sauce.
9. **Boquerones en Vinagre**: Fresh anchovies marinated in vinegar, garlic, and parsley, often served as a refreshing cold tapa.
10. **Queso Manchego**: A famous Spanish cheese made from sheep’s milk, commonly served with bread and sometimes drizzled with honey.
Remember, tapas can vary from region to region in Spain, and there are countless other delicious options beyond these top 10. Enjoy your culinary journey exploring these delightful Spanish flavours!
You might want to try the tapas in Nerja. You won’t have to travel far to find them. You can even go on Tapas Trails, this is really great fun. If in doubt, ask the good people at Nerja Beach Holidays.