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10 Spanish tapas that'll make you dream of Barcelona

Tapas are bite-sized appetizers served during cocktail hour in Spain. They generally come in small portions and in varied forms. These tantalizing Spanish 'snacks' are so popular that tapas bars have popped up all over the world. Discover these 10 authentic tapas that will have you planning your next vacay for the beaches of Barcelona.

Tomato and Serrano ham open-faced sandwiches: Canapés de jamón Serrano con tomate

To make this gourmet open-faced sandwich, perfect for sun-soaked days, you'll need 4 slices of sourdough bread, 4 slices of cured Serrano ham and diced tomatoes. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 crushed garlic cloves to the tomatoes. Mix well. Distribute the tomato mixture evenly across the bread slices. Then add a slice of Serrano to each open-faced sandwich and a sprinkling of basil chiffonade. Garnish with two halves of a cherry tomato.


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INGREDIENTS

  • 2.25 Cups of flour
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 3 Tsp. of lard
  • 1/5 Cup of warm water
  • 5 Tsp. of olive oil
  • 1 Onion, minced
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef
  • Salt and pepper, to season
  • 1 Tsp. of chili powder
  • 1 Tsp. of cumin
  • 2 Garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 Can of diced tomatoes

METHOD

  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, beaten egg, lard, warm water, and olive oil, and mix thoroughly. 
  2. In a hot pan, pour a little olive oil and sautée the onions, until tender. Add the ground beef, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic and diced tomatoes. Cook until beef is no longer pink, and the flavors have incorporated well. 
  3. Roll out the empanada dough, and cut out circles with a ramekin. 
  4. Cover a baking tray with a piece of parchment paper, and place the dough circles on top. 
  5. Fill with meat mixture, fold in half and press with the edge of a fork. Brush with egg yolk to glaze.
  6. Cook at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden.
  7. Remove from oven... and enjoy!

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