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Flourgirl 03-13-2007 02:13 PM

Spanish Tapas Recipe
I taught a Spanish tapas cooking class last week and this recipe was everyone's favorite!

I love mini meals and Spanish flavors are so intriguing, if anyone has their own Spanish tapas recipes, please post!!

Just a tidbit of information. It is said that the name for these little dishes is derived from the Spanish word, "tapar" which means "to cover". In the early days of the tapas bar, a tapa was a slice of cured ham or pork that was used to cover one's glass in order to keep the flies out.

Mini meatballs in saffron sauce over fideos

8 oz. ground pork
8 oz. ground veal
4 Tb. chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 cup white bread, soaked in water and squeezed
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
flour to dust

1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 C. minced onion
1/2 tsp. Spanish paprika
1 C. chicken stock
1/4 C. dry white wine
1/4 tsp. saffron threads
1/4 C. heavy cream

Mix pork, veal, 1 Tb. parsley, half garlic, egg, salt and pepper in bowl to blend. Shape meat into 1 inch balls. Dust with flour.

Heat oil in skillet over med. high heat. Add meatballs and saute until brown. Remove and set aside. Add onion to pan and cook until tender. Stir in paprika, then 1 cup broth and wine. Simmer and return meatballs to the pan. Cover and cook 10-15 minutes. Uncover, add 2 Tb. parsely, remaining garlic, and saffron. Simmer about 10 minutes, add cream and season to taste.

Serve over cooked fideos.

mudbug 03-13-2007 03:26 PM

what are fideos?

redkitty 03-13-2007 04:56 PM

This post made me think of Sevilla (my favorite place in Spain) and lots of sangria! A Tapas party would be fun in the summer! :)

Candocook 03-13-2007 05:02 PM

Tapas recipes for dinner or lunch

Nice tapas site.

Katie H 03-13-2007 05:09 PM


Originally Posted by mudbug
what are fideos?

Silly, mudbug! They're little Spanish doggies, of course!!:rofl::lol:

mudbug 03-13-2007 05:17 PM

Thanks, Katie. But how do you make them lie down and get cooked?

Katie H 03-13-2007 05:19 PM


Originally Posted by mudbug
Thanks, Katie. But how do you make them lie down and get cooked?

You have to train them to "lie down and play dead." Kind of morose, though.

mudbug 03-13-2007 05:20 PM

Flourgirl, please come rescue Katie and me from these morbid speculations before we totally hijack this thread.

Katie H 03-13-2007 05:24 PM


Originally Posted by mudbug
Flourgirl, please come rescue Katie and me from these morbid speculations before we totally hijack this thread.

I'll quit if you quit. Let's go talk about toilet paper and the RIGHT way to put it on the roller.:rofl:

mudbug 03-13-2007 05:29 PM

I'm on it. Check out Off-Topic Chat.

auntdot 03-13-2007 05:59 PM

The recipe sounds like albondigas.

Read fideos as a thin pasta, like vermicelli. Often cooked with other stuff ingredients, including tomato sauce.

Love tapas, unfortunately many don't know how great the stuff is. Le tthem just try it and they will be hooked.

Wish there were more tapas places to go to, we love the stuff.

Flourgirl 03-13-2007 06:15 PM

Oops, forgot to check the thread...

Yes, auntdot, thank you. Fideos is the spanish word for "noodle". These are very thin and only about 1-2 inches long. I like to buy fresh angel hair pasta and cut it into 2 inch sticks and then drop them in broth with a pinch of saffron...yum! Or just add an extra cup of chicken stock to this meatball recipe and let the fideos cook in the broth and that helps thicken it too. Like Spanish style Swedish meatballs.

cjs 03-14-2007 06:35 AM

Good sounding tapas there, flourgirl.

I like to add fideos to fried rice.

Mel! 03-14-2007 08:24 AM

Hello Candocook

That Almond Garlic Stressel looks delicious.
But what would one serve it with?:smile:


Candocook 03-14-2007 11:19 AM


Originally Posted by Mel!
Hello Candocook

That Almond Garlic Stressel looks delicious.
But what would one serve it with?:smile:


That is strange isn't it. I guess you could use it as the crumb topping for potatoes or something. Potato dishes are popular for tapas also.
I got that site and the one I am posting below to print out a little cookbook for our kids when we gave them tapas pans a couple of years ago for Christmas.
Here is a nicer site in my opinion.
Tapas Recipes

Constance 03-14-2007 11:29 AM

Check out the Red Peppers with Anchovies on that site. I have an Italian friend who fixes these, and they are great! She also uses green peppers, and those are good too.

Flourgirl 03-14-2007 01:50 PM

Candocook, I HAVE to try some of those on that website!

mateix 03-15-2007 05:03 AM

hi pardon for my english,because I used to be bad in it,the name tapa=cover I think than it comes than when it was asked for a glass of wine,in the bar cover the glass with pieces of chesses,prosicutto,etc
In spain every year used look for the best tapa,you can look for names like pintxos,tapas,etc.
when you entry in a bar to eat something there are zones where to have a beer is to eat a tapa free.
Perhaps the most famous tapa are potatoes BRABAS
We cut the potatoes about a inch,and we fry with a lot of oil.
In other side you make a mahonese with oil and egg,but you join two heads of garlic,we call alioli.al=garlic i=and oli=oil,but we used mix a egg also.
the end of the dish:in the potatoes you join the alioli,and over also you join ketchup
brabas=fried potatoes+mahonese with garlic+ketchup
there are more like pescadito frito,calamares a la romana,etc
every year there are more,they are like little dishes

mateix 03-15-2007 05:31 AM

chupito de pulpo
chupito is licour served in little glass
you need a little glass of licour,potatoes because you need to make pure of potatoes,so you need to join the boil potatoe wit some butter,and with some milk,and octopus=pulpo,and same oil and powerpeeper
you make the pure of potatoe with too much potatoe,than other.
in other side you boil the octopus and you join some peeper power,after you slice too little
the presentation is
a little glass with pure and over the octopus,is served with a spoon
pardon for my english I know is tooooooooooo bad
chupito after to have a dinner in spain we used drink coffee with licour,and after a chupito,licour:anis,brandy,etc....

Lugaru 03-15-2007 05:57 AM

good ones Mateix, btw do you have a recipe for a torta española being a large potato and vegetable omelette? I enjoy that from time to time but I tend to over Mexicanize it, which means I should know how to do it right first and then mess with it.

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