Once again a Spanish restaurant is named Best Restaurant in the World (El Celler de San Roca in Girona).
With another 6 restaurants in the Top 50, there can't be much debate about it: Spain is a culinary paradise.
Let's hope that our visitors this summer (for obviously: nothing makes a person so popular as living in Andalucia) do not have too high expectations!
If you discover they do, here are 3 tapas that are both surprising as well as incredibly easy.
3. Melon cubes with jamon serrano
The title says it all. No further ingredients needed.
2. Chicory boats with herb cheese
This one doesn't take more than 2 minutes:
Grease leaflets of chicory with herb cheese. Done.
That in itself is delicious.
Even if chicory can be found in any larger supermarket, people often do not know what to do with it and when they see it on the table they're surprised.
For an extra touch, you can add chestnuts or berries.
1. Goat cheese and honey
An underground classic. Loved by all. Even for breakfast.
All you need is:
Slice the bread. Slice the goat cheese. Put the slices of cheese on the slices of bread - and then in the oven until the cheese melts and the bread is crispy.
A top of honey on the cheese and done, it's ready to be served.
For an extra touch, ad almonds.
A tapa dinner conversation
"Did you know that the word tapa comes from the verb tapar, which means: to cover"?
(Gasps for air): "No, I didn't".
"Yes. To avoid leaves falling in the drink, they put a small plate on it. Which could be used as well for a small bite to whet the appetite".
"You are so cultured! You are such a good host"!
Admittedly, I dreamt up this conversation. It is the origin of the Spanish tapa though, which used to exist of olives, cheese and ham only - and over time has been influenced by trends and foreign habits.
Use frozen strawberries or pineapple cubes as ice cubes?
Today anything goes.
Grill salad on a stick? (A skewer of tomato, pepper, onion…).
If you've got something in the house, you can create a tapa with it. Try it today - or every day - when you're rummaging for a bite at 4 PM.
Good luck and enjoy - and do not hesitate to post your suggestions or recipe here.