Last Minute Tapas

Quick and Easy Tapas

Are you in a hurry to get to a party, and need to make a contribution to the appetizers? Or, unexpected out-of-town guests dropped in and you need something to serve? Try any of these Spanish tapas, which you can prepare at the last minute - just a few involve any cooking!
  • 01 of 09
    Gambas al Ajillo - Shrimp in Garlic
    Gambas al Ajillo - Shrimp in Garlic (c) 2007 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com Inc. Lisa Sierra
    One of the most common "tapas" of Spain, this dish is quick, easy and FULL of garlic flavor.
  • 02 of 09
    Spanish Tapa - Chorizo, Cheese & Bread
    Spanish Tapa - Chorizo, Cheese & Bread (c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra

    This is a simple, but delicious appetizer that everyone enjoys. It involves very little cooking and you can put it together at the last minute. Although you could simply put out a basket of bread and a platter of Manchego cheese, jamón Serrano and Spanish chorizo, you would probably see it disappear almost instantly. Serving these simple tapa already prepared on individual baguette slices makes it last longer!

  • 03 of 09
    Spinach Tortilla Rolls with Serrano Ham Recipe - Rollitos de Tortilla con Jamon Serrano
    Spinach Tortilla Rolls with Serrano Ham Recipe - Rollitos de Tortilla con Jamon Serrano. (c) Lisa Sierra 2013 Licensed to About.com Inc.
    This tapa is beautiful and is so simple to prepare: Scramble eggs and spinach to make a thin omelet. Then, spread a layer of cream cheese, and a slice of Serrano ham on top and roll. Cut into slices and serve.
  • 04 of 09
    Pimientos Rellenos de Atun - Red Peppers Stuffed with Tuna
    Pimientos Rellenos de Atun - Red Peppers Stuffed with Tuna (c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra
    A "tapa" that is light and easy - and no cooking involved! A great dish for the summer or any time you want to prepare an appetizer quickly. Mix tuna with a bit of green onions and olives, then stuff into roasted red peppers and serve.
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  • 05 of 09
    Tomato Bread - Pan con Tomate
    Tomato Bread - Pan con Tomate (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra

    Tomato Bread is simply toasted bread rubbed with fresh garlic and ripe tomato, then drizzled with olive oil and a bit of salt. It can be eaten by itself, but is often topped with cheese, ham or sausage and is eaten for breakfast or appetizer.

  • 06 of 09
    Melon with Serrrano Ham - Melon con Jamon Serrano (c)
    Melon with Serrrano Ham - Melon con Jamon Serrano. Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
    Salty and full of flavor, Serrano ham makes an excellent contrast with the sweet, juicy Honeydew melon. This "tapa" takes about 5-10 minutes to prepare and requires no cooking. If you are short on time, need something to bring to a potluck or friend’s party, this is the "tapa" for you!
  • 07 of 09
    Banderillas
    Banderillas (c) 2007 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra

    These easy tapas called "Banderillas" get their name from the barbed darts used during a bullfight. They require no cooking! If you can open a jar and skewer the ingredients on a toothpick, you can make banderillas!

  • 08 of 09
    Salmon Ahumado con Queso Blando - Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese
    Salmon Ahumado con Queso Blando - Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese (c) 2007 L. Sierra Licensed to About.com. Lisa Sierra

    This is a delicious "tapa" or appetizer that you can serve along with a Spanish omelet, chorizo sausage or alone as an afternoon snack. No wonder it is becoming more and more popular in Spain!

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  • 09 of 09
    Olives a la Madrilene or in Spanish, "Aceitunas a la Madrileña" is served in Spain as a tapa or to accompany a meal. We like to enjoy this dish with a fresh baguette to soak up the dressing. It can be served year-round, but is especially enjoyable in the summer. Although a simple and very quick dish to prepare, allow an hour for marinating the olives for full flavor before serving.