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15 Spanish Small Plates, From Pintxos to Tapas

Popular throughout Spain, tapas are festive and delicious appetizers and snacks from bite-size pintxos to shared small plates that make up a meal. Traditional tapas include mixed olives, garlicky shrimp, fried baby squid, meatballs, and chorizo. Whether you're craving briny seafood or crispy potatoes, these are our best tapas recipes.

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    Gambas al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce)

    Gambas al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic Sauce)

    This quick and easy recipe makes for an amazing appetizer or main course. Serve it with crusty bread to sop up the garlicky sauce. Based on the popular Spanish tapa gambas al ajillo, this dish is delicious enough to serve as a main course. You just sauté the shrimp in garlicky, spicy olive oil and …

    Extra-Crunchy Calamari

    Extra-Crunchy Calamari

    Want to know the secret to exquisitely tender yet crunchy calamari? Start with a soak in buttermilk. This slightly acidic liquid gently tenderizes the squid, and since the buttermilk is extra thick, it helps the breading adhere to the rings, eliminating the need for beaten egg. For added crunch, …

    Empanadillas Gallegas

    Empanadillas Gallegas

    These handheld versions of empanada Gallega, the large savory pie from Galicia, Spain, are stuffed with tuna, hard-boiled eggs, and chopped olives. Chef Katie Button makes small hand-held versions, empanadillas, and mixes the filling with sofrito, an aromatic vegetable base of long-cooked tomatoes, …

    Pork Belly, Shrimp, and Pickled Tomato Pintxos

    Pork Belly, Shrimp, and Pickled Tomato Pintxos

    These simple, one-bite snacks are quick to assemble and grill just as your guests arrive. Sticky-sweet pork belly; tender, meaty shrimp; and bright, quick-pickled tomato variations offer something for everyone at the cookout. Shrimp and Speck Pintxos 3 thin speck or prosciutto slices 12 medium-size …

    Vegetable Tortilla

    Vegetable Tortilla

    The key to this delicious Spanish vegetable tortilla, which is packed with spinach, zucchini, bell pepper and potato, is cooking it on the stovetop the entire time, which creates a lovely custard-like texture. Slideshow: More Spanish Recipes 1 Yukon Gold potato Kosher salt Pinch of saffron, finely …

    Albóndigas with Mushrooms

    Albóndigas with Mushrooms

    These Spanish-style meatballs are prepared with a quick béchamel, which makes them wonderfully moist and tender. They’re cooked in a deeply flavorful tomato-based sauce made with wine and brandy, then topped with crisp mushrooms. Slideshow: More Meatball Recipes 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 …

    Stuffed Fried Sardines

    Stuffed Fried Sardines

    "In the summer, there are festivals throughout Galicia to celebrate the sardine season," says Janet Mendel. "The sardines are so popular that, after everyone goes out and eats them, the bouncers at the discotheques won't let you in if you smell too fishy." The traditional Galician preparation is to …

    Fingerling Papas Bravas with Smoky Aioli

    Fingerling Papas Bravas with Smoky Aioli

    Students in Haven’s Kitchen’s tapas class learn to make this twist on classic Spanish fried potatoes. The lemony aioli gets its deep flavor from smoked paprika. There are usually lots of fried potatoes left over after the class, so chef David Mawhinney turns them into a luscious oversize frittata …

    Chorizo Poached in Red Wine

    Chorizo Poached in Red Wine

    Jim German and his wife, Claire Johnston, make wonderfully simple snacks to accompany his cocktails. A favorite at their restaurant, Jimgermanbar, is this smoky Spanish sausage with garlic, cooked gently in red wine until it's plump and juicy. Cocktail Tips from F&W Editors Two 4-ounce pieces dry …

    Tomatillo Toasts with Prosciutto and Manchego

    Tomatillo Toasts with Prosciutto and Manchego

    Inspired by classic pan con tomate, a Spanish dish of bread rubbed with fresh tomato, Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple tops crunchy toasted bread with tangy grated tomatillos. To round the toast out, he also adds thin slices of prosciutto and shaved Manchego cheese. Slideshow: More Tomatillo …

    Shrimp and Chorizo Flatbreads

    Shrimp and Chorizo Flatbreads

    Chef Way Jose Garces prepares fresh coca dough, a Spanish dough similar to pizza dough, for the flatbreads. He also cooks dried garbanzos for the bean puree that's spread on top.Easy Way Store-bought pitas take the place of coca dough, topped with good-quality prepared hummus, fresh shrimp and …

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