Super Simple Tapas Recipes for your Next Tapas Party
Last week I had some friends over for dinner. As usual, I had no idea what to make! It sounds strange for someone who loves cooking as much as I do, but when I have people over I always have trouble thinking up a menu. That’s why I love tapas so much. With a bunch of different tapas to choose from, almost everyone leaves happy and full.
As most know, tapas are simply small plates, and my go-to tapas recipes are not all authentic Spanish ones. But I’m sure that they will be valuable to others out there who have to plan a quick get together.
5 Easy Tapas Recipes
All recipes serve 6
1. Gazpacho Shooters
- 1/4 onion
- 1/4 red bell pepper
- 1/4 large carrot
- 4 small tomatoes
- 1/2 small cucumber
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Splash of sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 green apple, diced very small
Deseed the red pepper and core and deseed the tomatoes. Peel the carrot and cucumber. Add all vegetables to the blender and puree. Then, add a few splashes of vinegar and while blending on a medium speed, add the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Taste and adjust for salt. Now, strain the mixture through a fine sieve (otherwise it’ll be chunky). Spoon into shot glasses and top with the very fine diced green apple.
2. Baked Brie with Raspberry Jam and Honey
- Puff pastry dough
- Raspberry preserves
- Wedge of Brie
Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C) and grease a baking sheet with butter. Cut the wedge of Brie in half horizontally and stuff with raspberry jam, then close again. Lay out the sheet of puff pastry on the greased baking sheet and put the stuffed Brie in the center. Wrap the Brie completely in the pastry and cut off the excess. Drizzle with honey and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until completely golden brown.
3. Thai Style Shrimp Salad
- 6 Shrimp (cooked, peeled and deveined)
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1/2 red onion
- 1/2 white nectarine (or mango)
- 1/2 green apple
- 1 small green tomato, deseeded
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 3-4 splashes of fish sauce
- 1 spoonful of chile paste
- Diced cilantro (to taste)
- 1/4 cup of peanuts
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
Dice the fruits and vegetables in a very small, even dice. Toss with the lemon juice and add the fish sauce, chile paste, and cilantro. Put the peanuts in a small plastic bag and crush with a mallet until crumbly. Add the peanuts to the mix and top with the coconut milk. Taste and adjust for salt and acidity. Serve in large tasting spoons or in small shot glasses with the shrimp on top.
4. Empanadilla de Pollo
- 1 Chicken breast
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 onion, sliced julienne style
- Empanadilla dough (Round pieces of pastry pre made for empanadas)
Cover a chicken breast with water and bring to a boil. As soon as it boils turn off the heat and let it sit, covered for 12 minutes. Drain and let cool and later shred into pulled chicken. In the meantime, caramelize onions by slicing them thin and cooking them at a low heat with olive oil and salt, stirring every few minutes so they don’t burn. It should take about 45 minutes. Mix the caramelized onions, chicken and shredded mozzarella cheese together and fill empanada shells. Brush the empanadas with beaten egg and bake the empanadillas for 10 minutes, until golden brown.
5. Garlic Mushrooms
- 5 cloves of garlic
- About 20 mushrooms
- Worcestershire sauce
- Olive oil
Wash the mushrooms and slice them up. Mince the garlic (you can use less or more garlic depending on your preferences) and dice the parsley. Put about two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and heat on medium. Add the garlic and sauté for one minute. Now, add the mushrooms and stir every minute or so until they have released their juices and are browned on the outside. Add a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce and stir. Take off the heat and finish with another drizzle of olive oil and the diced parsley. Serve as is or use to top little pieces of toasted bread.
These five easy tapas recipes are really delicious and can be made quickly with a little bit of preparation ahead of time. If you are really in a rush, the empanadas can be filled with anything– slices of ham and cheese for example, which will save you the time of boiling the chicken and caramelizing the onions.
What are your favorite easy tapas recipes?