This time I decided to do tapas. Tapas is a small portion of food that is enough to accompany a drink (according to the official Spanish dictionary). You can think of them like appetizers or bar food in America. They got their start long ago when King Alfonso X forbade taverns from serving wine without food to accompany it (to prevent drunkenness).This is how the name tapas came along. Tapas literally translates into cover or coaster. Before the royal decree, coasters were commonly placed over the drinks in order to keep bugs from drowning in the drinks. The little plates with the required food went on top of the cup instead. So the tapas were free at first and just small things like sausages, olives, and meats. But now it has evolved and is a national meal in Spain. You can find it all over.
For our tapas meal we had:
- Manchego Cheese
- Iberico Cheese
- Murcia Al Vino cheese
- Spanish Olives
- Kalamata Olives
- Dill and Sweet Pickles
- Toasted French Bread
- Pa amb Tomàquet (Catalonian)
- Garlic Shrimp
Pa amb Tomàquet- Catalonian Tomato Bread
It is very simple to make.
- You take a rustic crusty bread (I used French Bread). Cut it in half and toast it.
- Cut a piece of garlic in half and rub it all over the bread.
- Take a garden fresh tomato and slice in half. Squeeze the juices and pulp over the surface of the bread until it is saturated. I used one whole tomato on one side of the bread.
- Sprinkle with olive oil and salt.
I only used the top half of the french bread, and just toasted the bottom half for us to eat the cheese and meat with.
- Heat skillet over medium-high heat and add a couple TBS salted butter.
- When the butter is melted add in raw, peeled shrimp.
- Add 4-5 minced cloves of garlic.
- Sprinkle a little salt if desired.
- Cook until shrimp is done.