Tapas have long been a fascination of mine. There is just something special about sharing all those little tidbits of amazing flavor with friends that I truly love. So when I got the chance to review “Tapas and Other Spanish Plates to Share” I got a bit excited. Absolutely stunning full color photography fills the pages of this delightful collection of recipes. Don’t let the simplicity of the dishes fool you. These creations highlight the true flavors of ingredients found in many regions of Spain. Some of my favorite recipes in the book are the Spanish tortillas. Being from Texas, I generally consider a tortilla to be a flat round unleavened bread made from either corn or flour. This is not so in the Spanish culture. Tortillas in Spain are what we Texans would call an omelette. There is one particular recipe in “Tapas and Other Spanish Plates to Share” that made my mouth water from the moment I saw it. It is called the Hearty Country Style Tortilla and it is amazing. I wish I could share the recipe with you, this one alone is worth the price of the book. The pic on the cover is garlic shrimp, another awesome creation. With so many more recipes inside y’all really gotta check out this book. Great gift idea for the foodie in your life.
Traditionally served as a bar snack alongside a beer, wine, or sherry, tapas have become a firm fixture on the culinary map thanks to their variety and versatility. They are great shared amongst friends, making them the perfect choice for party nibbles or as an accompaniment to pre-dinner drinks. You can also serve them as a convivial starter for sharing or cook up several different dishes to make a more substantial lunch or dinner. This book covers all the great classics from perennially popular Patatas Bravas (potatoes in tomato sauce) and Gambas Al Ajillo (garlic shrimp) to deliciously simple Tortilla Espaola (Spanish omelet) and Piquillos Rellenos (stuffed peppers) so that you can recreate your favorite tapas dishes at home. A wonderful sharing plate such as the Garlic Olive Oil, Warm Marinated Olives, and Jamn Serrano Platter can be created with very little effort what matters is marrying the right flavors. Many of the dishes can be made in advance such as the Gazpacho, Albndigas (meatballs), Alioli, or marinated fish dishes, leaving you free to enjoy time with your guests rather than being stuck in the kitchen. Tapas contains all of the recipes you need to discover a new way of eating and entertaining.
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