Tapas - the delicious Spanish appetizers known throughout the world. In the land of the Basques, you're more likely to find them under the name pinchos, since they were originally served on a stick (pinch - literally means "thorn"). In other regions they are also called Banderillas and others.
There are many types of tapas. The 3 main kinds are: Spanish shrimp, marinated olives and Spanish omelettes. They're easy to make and very delicious. Here's how to make them:
Tapas - Spanish Shrimp
Preparation: Chop the chili pepper and garlic finely. Heat the olive oil and put all of the ingredients in it. Fry for no more than 3 min. Consume the appetizer with crunchy bread.
Tapas - Marinated Mushrooms
Preparation: Heat all the ingredients, excluding the olives. Let them cool and put the olives in them. Leave this to sit for 4 days. You can fill the marinated olives with feta cheese, lemon and peppers. Serve them as you would a beer appetizer.
Tapas - Spanish Omelettes
Preparation: Heat an oven with a fan to 392°F (200 °C).
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan. Peel the onion and potatoes, cut them and fry on moderate heat for about 20 min. - until softened. Gradually, add the garlic and peppers, that you've cleaned and cut ahead of time, leave them to saute another 5 min.
Transfer the vegetables to a large bowl. Season the mixture and let it cool. Add the eggs, cayenne pepper and parsley and leave them for another 5 min. for the flavors to mix.
Put an oven dish with thin walls in the oven to heat up a little bit. Take it out and oil it. Pour the egg mixture into it and bake for 15-20 min. until hardened. Take the cooked appetizer our, let it cool and cut it into squares. Serve as a wine appetizer.
Other recipes from Spanish cuisine: Spanish Chili Potatoes, Gazpacho, Pork Fillet in Madeira, Spanish Potato Salad, Spicy Shrimp with Garlic.