Entertaining in the summer often means firing up the BBQ, creating more heat and filling the patio with smoke. Why not treat your guests to a buffet of cold "tapas" and salads? All of the dishes listed below can be made ahead of time and kept chilled until ready to serve, including the light desserts. Here's a list of suggestions to make this Summer Tapas Party a party to remember, from decoration to music, and food presentation.
Time-Saving Suggestion - Do you ever have potlucks or share the cooking duties with friends? Select the dishes you'd like to serve, then print the recipes and give them to your friends to prepare and bring! It's less work for you and everyone gets bragging rights.
Potato salad or ensaladilla rusa is a favorite among Spanish in tapas bars, as well as for Sunday dinners or celebration.
This eggplant dish is great to serve as a tapa or a side dish, especially in spring and summer. It is the perfect make-ahead dish that you can take out a few minutes before serving. With two eggplants in the recipe, it serves 6 as a side dish and 12 as a tapa.
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!
Slices of a crusty baguette, topped with cream or fresh cheese and a thin slice of smoked salmon and a drop of lemon juice combine to make a special treat.
Using typical Spanish ingredients, this tapa is quick and easy to prepare and has a deliciously smoky, yet salty taste.
A great dish for the summer or anytime you want to prepare an appetizer quickly. Tuna is mixed with a bit of green onion and olives, then stuffed into roasted red peppers to make a delicious tapa.
How much simpler or tasty can a tapa be?! The sliced bread topped with Spanish jamon serrano, cheese and chorizo are sure to disappear as fast as they are served. Be sure to allow the cheese to warm to room temperature before serving.
Quince paste or "membrillo" is a typical dessert eaten in Spain. "Membrillo" or "Dulce de Membrillo" is a sweet, very dense jelly or paste made from the fruit of the quince tree. Try it with cheese for a light dessert.
Sorbete de Vino Rioja - Rioja Wine Sorbet
Serve ice cold Spanish sparkling wine with dessert or simply pour it over the sorbet for a festive dish!