Tapas For Christmas

Shifting gears this week a bit, taking a departure from the Cuban/Colombian influences that drive what we share. As Christmas nears, there will be social get-togethers either with friends, family or co-workers and you’ll have an opportunity to bring something to those tables. Spanish-style tapas are hugely popular, make a big impact, and can be easy to make.

Tapas have traditionally been appetizers/snacks in Spanish cuisine. Today they’ve evolved, with many restaurants and bars specializing in highly sophisticated mind-blowing tapas.

I’m rolling out four easy to prepare, satisfying and impressive tapas recipes you’ll be proud to serve:

  • Jamon Serrano En Pan Con Tomates (Serrano Ham on Crostini with Tomatoes) — Toasted baguette slices get some balsamic vinegar and garlic marinated tomatoes, topped with sweet Serrano ham, resulting in a great balance of flavors and textures.
  • Papas Bravas Con Chorizo (Bold Potatoes with Chorizo) — These potatoes are emboldened when seasoned with cayenne pepper, smoked paprika and sautéed with spicy chorizo.
  • Tequeños — This traditional Venezuelan finger food isn’t typical tapas fare but after one taste you’ll know why it merits inclusion.
  • Tortilla Con Papa, Queso Y Jamon (Potato, Cheese & Ham Spanish Tortilla) — The traditional Spanish tortilla is a super omelet on steroids. This one’s loaded with chunks of potato, ham, sautéed onions, and garlic, all generously topped with cheese.

Photograph: Daniel Pantoja

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