World Tapas Day has just passed us this week, did you know there is a whole day set aside to celebrate Tapas? I don’t know about you but Tapas is one of my favorite types of cuisine especially when I am out with friends or family to celebrate. It’s the best social cuisine in the world so why not celebrate it at home too.
Today, I am sharing 3 of Donal Skehan’s spanish tapas recipes to try out in your very own home. They are quick, easy and sure to impress if you have guests around for dinner.
Donal Skehan is a food writer, food photographer and television presenter from Dublin. He has created inspiring recipe for the everyday home cook. These three recipes are bursting with Tapas flavor and style. His recipes are inspired by Barcelona’s top five tapas bars as seen on the Insider City Guide for Barcelona. If you love to travel Insider City Guides are great for finding the cool hotels, most popular restaurants and full of culture, shopping and nightlife advice and tips.
The Spanish Tortilla Bites below are my families absolute favorite tapas dish. I love bringing culture and a variety of cuisines into my home and sharing them with my kids. I think it’s important we learn and embrace all types of foods from around the world with our children. It also helps their taste buds be accustom to a variety of spices, herbs and foods used from all over. I also love that it’s an easy tapas dish to make too.
Spanish Tortilla Bites with Rocket Salad
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 onion finely sliced
- 3 rooster potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 garlic clove
- 6 large free range eggs
- 75 g roast red peppers from a jar thinly sliced
- A small handful of flat-leaf Parsley roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 200 ̊c
- Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium high heat and add the olive oil
- Stir the potatoes, onion and garlic until coated in the oil and add dash of sea salt and ground black pepper
- Lower the heat, cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are tender
- Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl
- When the potatoes are cooked, transfer them to the bowl with the eggs along with the roasted red peppers and some of the parsley
- Mix together, completely
- Place the frying pan back on the heat and pour in the eggy potato mix
- Cook until just set around the edges before finishing in the oven for 12-15 minutes
- When cooked, remove and allow to cool before cutting into rough squares and serving with cocktail sticks
Roast Rosemary Almonds with Manchego & Pata Negro
- ]250g almonds
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 sprigs rosemary finely chopped
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- Sea salt
- Wedges of Manchego and slices Pata Negro to serve
- Preheat the oven to 200 ̊c.
- Place the almonds in a largeroastingtinanddrizzlewithoil. Sprinklewithrosemary,smokedpaprikaand sea salt and toss to coat.
- Place in the oven to roast for 10-15 minutes until crisp. Allow to cool slightly before transferring to serving glasses on boards with the cheese and ham slices.
The combination of chickpeas and chorizo is amazing, I think. Two of my favorite things to get a dish sizzling and full of flavor. I love chickpeas in a lot of my dishes. It’s super easy to make and great for a lite bite for a weekend lunch too. The your friend’s come over for a little luncheon and this will wow them for sure.
Rioja Braised Chorizo with Chickpeas
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 shallot finely sliced
- 3 garlic cloves finely sliced
- 250 g chorizo cut in rough chunks
- 150 ml red wine
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- A good handful of parsley roughly chopped
- Sour dough bread toasted to serve
- Heat a large frying pan over a medium high heat and add the oil
- Fry the shallot for 2-3 minutes until softened and then add in the garlic
- Cooking for a further 2 minutes
- Add in the chorizo and fry until sizzling
- Pour over the red wine, honey and in the paprika and allow to cook down for 10 minutes or until the wine has reduced down to a thick sauce
- Add parsley to serve with toasted sour dough bread
What is your favorite tapas dish? Have you been traveling somewhere and had some delicious Tapas you just wish you could make at home, I say give it a try. You might surprise yourself.
Do you ever get inspired by food from the places you have been? I know, I do. I recently was in Portugal for a week and took a cookery class while I was there and now I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and create some Portuguese dishes for my family.
Don’t forget to try one of these Barcelona tapas inspired recipes by Donal Skehan and next year you can be prepared for World Tapas Day by creating some Spanish tapas recipes of your very own to impress. Or pin this for later, and surprise the family with a Tapas themed night this weekend.
*This post is inspired by the Times sharing the top tapas bars in Barcelona and Donal Skehan’s inspired recipes from this guide. Together, we are celebrating the love for Tapas dishes everywhere.