he Italians call it antipasto, the Chinese dim sum, the Turks maze, the French hors d'oeuvres and the Spanish tapas. But, unlike their cousins around the world, tapas are more than just appetizers.
When savored at dinner-time with a glass of sherry, a full array of these tasty miniature morsels can be a meal in themselves.
The word tapas means lids or covers, and tapas were originally pieces of bread or cured ham placed on top of a wine glass to keep dust and flies out.
Limitless Variety of Tapas
The ingredients that go into the making of Spanish tapas are limitless, and the combinations can stretch as far as the imagination. Vegetables, seafood, poultry, dairy and meat are all part of this grand culinary experience. The key to quality tapas is freshness and prime ingredients.
Tapas can be served hot or cold or at room temperature. Most are not difficult or time consuming to prepare.
From the Smallest Villages
Throughout Spain from the smallest villages to the largest cities, you'll find tapas bars and restaurants offering dozens of tasty varieties, served in individual ceramic oval dishes and accompanied by a glass of sherry.
In Spain the tapas experience goes hand-in-hand with hospitality, friendship and conversation. Guests traditionally linger for hours in an atmosphere that encourages friendly interaction.