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5 Common, Traditional Spanish Tapas

Tapas are Spain's signature small plate dishes, and they come in all shapes, sizes, & styles. Tapas vary across each region in Spain too, and you'll experience all different flavors depending on what part of the country you're in! There are certainly some common dishes across the board, though, so here are 5 of the most common traditional tapas that I love to eat (and make at home!) -

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1. PATATAS BRAVAS

Patatas bravas are arguably Spain's most popular tapa, and that's for good reason. Made with crispy, fried potatoes and topped with garlic aioli and a spicy tomato-based brava sauce, they make for a very simple dish and an unmistakable crowd pleaser.

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2. GAMBAS AL AJILLO

Shrimp sautéed and tossed in an extra virgin olive oil, sherry, and garlic based sauce... what's not to love? Gambas al ajillo is another traditional Spanish tapa that any tapas restaurant is guaranteed to serve. Some of the flavors that really shine in this plate are garlic, sherry, and Spanish paprika. 

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3. GAZPACHO

Gazpacho is a cold soup made with blended tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, and spices - a small bowl is refreshing on a hot day and makes for a light and bright part of any tapas platter!

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4. SETAS AL AJILLO

Setas al ajillo are mushrooms sauteed in garlic, white wine, and quality extra virgin olive oil, and are a tapas dish found all over Spain. They're earthy and indulgent, and so very easy to make.​

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5. COLD PLATTER FT. JAMON, MANZANILLA OLIVES, & MANCHEGO

The meat & cheese platter is a staple in all kinds of cuisine, and Spanish is no exception; tapas often feature a plate like this with a cured meat (like jamon iberico), a cheese (like manchego), and manzanilla olives. ​

Get the blueprint for creating your own tapas cold platter here!

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