Tapas

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Spanish TapasThe tradition of having tapas before meals is one of the most important Spanish contributions to the world of gastronomy. A tapa is a small, light mini-serving of a
traditional recipe that Spaniards have either before lunch or dinner, always with a glass of wine or beer. The tapas tradition is a perfect excuse to have one or two drinks
before the actual meal! The word ‘tapa’ comes from an old medieval tradition where wine was served with a small piece of ham that acted as a lid to cover the drink.

Hence the word ‘tapa’, which literally means ‘lid’ in Spanish. Tapas can be presented in several ways – as a pincho (on a toothpick), as a small portion of a particular dish or as a canapé. Bear in mind, that in Gran Canaria, tapas are known as enyesques. Here are some typical examples you will find on most tapas menus;

  • Bread
  • Garlic dip
  • Garlic bread
  • Cured Spanish ham
  • Canarian Cheese
  • Tomato salad
  • Asparagus
  • Marinated olives
  • Mushrooms with garlic
  • Potatoes with mojo
  • Jalapenos with cheese