Spanish food recipes include a few types of Spanish tapas recipes which are basically Spanish appetizers. Spanish tapas are usually the size of the typical appetizer in the USA that's ordered before the main course.
These tiny Spanish food recipes are usually eaten in between the larger meals in Spain. However, you can also replace a larger meal with a few Spanish tapas. Mini Spanish food recipes can be as simple as a plate of olives.
When it's "Siesta" time in Spain or lunch time, you would order more traditional Spanish recipes such as the famous Paella dish which is cooked with the most expensive spice in the world.
Spanish Tapas Recipes
Ceviche Recipes - wild caught raw shrimp and fish marinated in freshly squeezed citrus juice will stimulate your taste buds.
Tapa is pronounced TAHpah and there are literally hundreds of different types of tapas for you to make. Spanish tapas are considered more of a light snack and will consist of an assortment of appetizer-sized portions of Spanish food recipes.
How to Make Tapas
Tapas are part of the tradition of stimulating the appetite with friends while drinking. And tapas help to combat the effects of alcohol.
Tapas are served on little plates and these mini meals can be served either hot or cold.
Common foods used to make tapas are olives, cheese, eggs. seafood, vegetables, and cured sausages.
The Spanish Diet
Next to the Japanese people, Spanish people probably consume the most
fish and seafood.
Spaniards eat squid, lobster, crab, oysters, mussels,
shrimp, and many fish from the sea.
Spaniards enjoy a good amount of eggs which are typically made
into an omelet.
Cured ham such as chorizo also seems to be a
very popular food item in Spain.
Spanish food recipes have many cultural influences because of Spain's
location and history with other cultures. Spaniards probably eat
more food in a day than most people in America. They have three meals a day and snack on tapas in between meals. And they take
their time eating.
Breakfast: is the smallest meal of the day and typically is more like a continental style breakfast.
Lunch: is their largest meal of the day and is an elaborate affair usually between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 pm. Lunch includes multiple courses of food and wine.
Dinner: is eaten much later at night in Spain - around 9:00 to 1o:00
p.m. Dinner is much lighter than lunch and consists of smaller plates of food.
Spaniards also enjoy eating rabbit, chicken, dairy foods, lamb, bread, Spanish rice, fruit, Spanish olive oil, almonds, many vegetables, and love to wash it all down with Spanish wine.
Spanish Food Recipes
Spanish Omelet - one of the most common dishes served in Spain and its Spain's version of a tortilla - it's also a very popular tapa item.
Spanish omelets also resemble the Western omelet because of the many types of ingredients that can go into this egg dish.
Spanish Rice Recipes
- shows you how to make the savory and most popular Spanish rice dish - Paella.
Paella consists of a variety of seafood or meats along with tomatoes, vegetables, saffron, and Spanish rice.
Gazpacho Recipes - a chilled soup usually made from a base of raw tomatoes that is very popular during the hot summer months in Spain.
Fresh cucumbers can be used as an alternative base to create another type of refreshing gazpacho recipe.