Tapas at Home: 8 Ideas to Try

  • POSTED Oct 3rd, 2021
  • BY Chef Carrie Walters

The stories behind how Spain's favorite tapas got started are as fun (and varied) as the tapas themselves. The word "tapas" is literally translated as “covers” and one such story involves 19th century King Alfonso XIII using a slice of ham as a lid to his wine glass to keep the flies and sand out. This extends to tales of barkeepers covering the top of a patron's drink with a slice of bread for the same purpose, and over time, they layered on cured ham and so on.

Spanish Tapas

Tapas today can consist of something as simple as a small crock of olives, tinned fish, and a local plate of cured sausages to more composed dishes like stewed octopus, fried potatoes in a myriad of different sauces, meatballs, or even grilled lamb brochettes. Don’t forget a gorgeous plate of thinly sliced Jamón Serrano or the decadent and delicious Jamón Ibérico that Spain is so famous for!

The good news is that we carry so many things to help you recreate sharing the famous tapas that Spain is known for with your family and friends. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate life!

Check out these tapas that you can make at home!

Tapas to Make at Home

1. DLM Storemade Meatballs browned and sauced with The Tapas Sauces Salsa Mojo Picón.

2. Fried potatoes served with The Tapas Sauces Salsa Brava.

3. Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp—Get the recipe here!

4. Matiz España Pulpo Octopus in Spanish Olive Oil.

5. Sliced Jamón Serrano layered on a DLM Ficelle.

6. Marinated & Grilled Chicken Breast with The Tapas Sauces Salsa Verde.

7. Matiz España D.O. Piquillo Peppers stuffed with tuna.

8. Manchego topped with Bonvallis Quince Paste and chopped marcona almonds.

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Oct 10th

Another excellent tapas item found in your store is Reese anchovy-stuffed olives. No prep required! I so very much appreciate the dedication of the DLM team! You improve the quality of my food adventures!

- Linda

Dorothy Lane Market says:

Thank you so much Linda, that's a great suggestion. We love being a part of your food adventures!

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