Spanish Appetizers

In Spain, appetizers are called tapas, and this popular course features small plates of hot and cold appetizers that may include cheese and olives as well as fried seafood. Although traditionally a first course in Spain, tapas has become so popular in America that some restaurants make an entire meal of these appetizers, and you can too.

See Popular Spanish Appetizers Recipes

Moorish Lamb Kabobs

Better Homes and Gardens

Saffron and lamb, mainstays of Spanish cooking, go well together. Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving this main dish.

Grilled Baby Leeks with Romesco Sauce

Food & Wine

Tony Mantuano created this recipe, also adapted from Wine Bar Food, in homage to the Calcotada in Spain. The Catalan festival celebrates the harvest of calcots, which are slender onions similar to baby leeks. After peeling the charred outer layers, festival-goers dip the softened onions in a vibrant romesco sauce, which Mantuano makes with sweet red bell peppers. "It's fantastic," Mantuano recalls. "Everyone has black fingers from the char."

Total: 40 mins

Spanish Tortilla

The Food Channel

This classic Spanish tapa is delicious and filling--a marvelous choice for a party hors d'oeuvre.

Chopped-Olive Aioli

Food & Wine
Total: 15 mins

Spanish Potato Omelet Bites

Better Homes and Gardens

Make this savory egg appetizer ahead and then reheat when your guests arrive.


Better Homes and Gardens

This savory ground beef dish sweetened with spices and dried fruits is a legacy from Spain.

Total: 45 mins

Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Better Homes and Gardens

Sweet, smoky, and just a bit spicy, these delectable bites are an elegantly enticing appetizer you'll want enjoy again and again. Fresh dates are available in many specialty markets from late summer to mid-fall, as well as year-round through a number of online retailers. Choose plump, soft dates with a smooth, shiny skin, and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Healthy Gazpacho

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this extra easy Spanish soup hot or chilled. It makes a low-calorie take-along lunch or snack.

Holiday Hosting (in a Flash): Quick and Easy Appetizer Recipes

We've upped the ante on these quick and easy appetizer recipes: none of them take more than 15 minutes to make. That's right; in about the same time it takes to throw some cold cuts and cheese slices on a plate, you can make a colorful, Tex-Mex-inspired edamame bean dip or a warm tray full of individual pizzettes. Because if there's one big secret to making your entertaining look effortless it's, well, to make it almost effortless.

Easy Thanksgiving Cocktails to Make the Big Day Sparkle

Bartenders measure a few ingredients, muddle, stir, or shake and--voila! Something amazing happens. But since I'm no bartender, I favor sparking wine cocktails which require no shaking, no stirring, no muddling, and barely any measuring.

Best Bell Pepper Recipes: Farmers Market Faves

The only way I can account for the greatness of sweet peppers is that they must have been sent to Earth from a superior planet. They're healthy, beautiful, easy to grow, delicious raw or cooked, loved by many children (in their raw state, at least), easy to plunk into a dip ... preferably a dip made out of more sweet peppers.

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