Originating in Andalucía's winemaking regions, tapas began as a simple slice of ham or cheese perched atop a sherry glass to keep out fruit flies (tapar means "to cover"). Today, Spanish tapas are more than just appetizers—they're a way of life and a beloved culinary tradition. Friends and family gather in tapas bars, where lively conversation and a medley of small plates serve as a prelude to the meal.
Inspired by this convivial custom, we're featuring recipes for an assortment of tapas, from croquetas de jamón to spicy patatas bravas. Serve these small plates with sherry or Spanish wine and savor a satisfying summer meal.