Put Some Olé into Your Summer with Spanish Tapas from Bick’s®

If you’re fond of grazing or having tons of options at your fingertips, then these Spanish inspired recipe ideas from Bick’s® are sure to be a summer eating sensation. Tapas, or small plates of glorious food that are meant to be shared, will send you on a gustatory trip to sunny Spain, no matter where you live. Add a few tasty recipes using Bick’s products to heat things up and you’ve got a fiesta in no time. ¡Olé!

Tapas are one of the most enjoyable ways to eat in a group setting. Social and delicious, these flavourful plates will enable you to enjoy the tastes of Spain right at home. ¬°Buon apetito!

Set the Mood

Indoors or al fresco if the weather permits, tapas can be served just about any time of day. In Spain, tapas are usually consumed around 7 pm, but you can certainly have tapas for brunch, lunch or dinner. Lay a cheery tablecloth on your dining room or patio table, set the table with small plates, cutlery, napkins, small glasses for lemon, lime or orange-spiked water. Throw some flamenco or Spanish tunes on, light a few candles and get ready to feast!

Los Quesos – the Cheese Board

There’s a world of Spanish cheeses to enjoy with tasty accompaniments to make your spread all the more memorable. Visit a good cheese monger and ask for:

  • Manchego – Spain’s most popular cheese. A nutty-flavoured 12 to 18-month aged cheese. You’ll recognize this sheep’s milk cheese by its brown basket weave exterior.
  • Idiazabal – From the country’s Basque region. It’s lightly smoked over hardwoods for 10 days imparting a wonderful nuance to the rich  flavour of this sheep’s milk cheese.
  • MahonOne of the few cow’s milk cheeses from Spain with a crumbly, cheddar-like texture and lemony-sharp flavours.

Other options include Tetilla from Galicia, Vino de Cabra or Cabrales goat milk cheeses. Set out a bowl of mixed crunchy accompaniments including Bick’s Mini Crunch’ems® Garlic Pickles, Bick’s Garlic Baby Dills, Bick’s Sour Cocktail Onions and a smattering of Bick’s Hot Mixed Pickles.

Garlic Rubbed Toasted Bread

In the north of Spain, in and around Barcelona, toasted flat bread rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil forms part of the tapas experience. Grab a good quality baguette, slice on the diagonal (not too thin) and rub each slice with a halved clove of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until lightly golden brown. You can serve these as is or dress them up by adding a thin layer of Bick’s Zesty Onion Relish topped with a few slivers of chopped Spanish olives.

La Carne (The Meat)

We can’t forget about Spain’s version of Prosciutto – Serrano ham. It is offered at various price points and can be found in the deli section of most supermarkets. Take a slice of Serrano ham, cut it in half, roll it up and spear it onto a party toothpick along with a Bick’s Ultimate Garlic Baby Dills and Bick’s Sour Cocktail Onions.  Arrange on platter and watch them disappear.

More Meat

There’s a flood of Spanish sausages available including the widely known Chorizo. If you’re buying Spanish Chorizo, know that you can get fresh (uncooked) or smoked (pre-cooked and ready to eat). Take some smoked Chorizo, slice them up into rounds, do the same with Bick’s Garlic Dills and make a short stack by alternating the chorizo and pickle rounds. Once you have four, serve on garlic rubbed toast and give it a light drizzle of good olive oil.

La Salsa (the Sauce)

Most tapas are enhanced by the addition of a wonderful, homemade Allioli or garlic mayonnaise.  Thankfully, a blender makes this recipe a snap to prepare. This garlic mayonnaise pairs beautifully with a Spanish Tortilla. Feel like something even wilder? Add Bick’s No Garlic Dill Pickles to the recipe for a certain "yo no se que."