The Most Simple Tapas Dishes to Cook and Try

Tapas dishes are small servings of appetizers or snacks. They originate from Spain, and they're typically eaten around the table with drinks in the evening. The idea is that you get a little bit of everything, and share it with your friends while enjoying conversation. Tapas dishes are often served with bread on the side, but sometimes they're eaten alone. You can even combine tapas dishes to make your own unique appetizer platters. 

Tapas dishes are an integral part of Spanish cuisine. They are small portions of food, usually served with drinks. Tapas can be eaten at any time during the day and traditionally they are served in bars, restaurants, or even at home. The word tapa means lid in Spanish and was originally used to describe slices of bread which were placed on top of wine barrels to keep fruit flies out. 

Nowadays, tapas are often accompanied by other items such as bread or olives. Their popularity is growing outside Spain too, with people around the world enjoying them in their homes and restaurants. Here's a list of some of our favourite tapas dishes at Plate Up!

Chorizo Mussels with Crusty Bread - Caravan 

Full of flavour and quick and easy to prepare, this recipe by Caravan is one of our favourite dishes to cook when fresh mussels are at their best during the winter months. It’s all about the seafood with Tapas dishes. The chorizo creates a warming wintery broth that is perfect for mopping up with crusty bread. Just before serving, stir through the parsley and then pour the mussels onto a serving dish. Eat with your fingers and mop up any excess juice with some bread.

Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes - Susu Eats

Because the preparation is so easy and versatile, stuffed vegetables can be found in many Mediterranean countries, such as France, Spain, Greece, and Italy. Almost any ingredients can be combined and spooned into tomatoes, so use your imagination! The tomatoes are filled with bulgur wheat, making it extremely healthy. It contains a high fibre content, more so than things like rice. There’s something so comforting about oven-baked foods. It’s delicious and makes for a wonderful filling appetizer for any at home event or party. It’s an awesome tapas dish idea. 

Lemon Garlic Butter Prawns - BBQ Heroes

If you're looking for easy tapas dishes then this recipe is for you. Prawn’s will always be my favourite when it comes to seafood. We tend to make extra as they are so popular! The spicy kick from the seasoning pairs beautifully with the garlic and lemon prawns. This is an incredibly easy and quick appetizer to cook. It will only take 20 minutes of your time. Appetizers are meant to excite your guests and this is what the dish does. So give this recipe a try and make an awesome feast for your guests! 

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