Imagine joining a group of friends for a night on the town. You’re strolling down cobblestone streets between music-filled taverns. At each, you encounter a tantalizing array of platters along the bar, filled with delectable bites prepared moments ago for the fine sherry, wine or local cider you’re leisurely sipping. That’s tapas, the Spanish tradition that’s as much about socializing as it is about eating and drinking. No stuffy dining room – just small, flavor-packed nibbles made with freshly picked vegetables, just-caught seafood, heart-healthy extra-virgin olive oil and an old-world sense of conviviality.
Sound fun? Well, you don’t need a plane ticket to enjoy the experience. Chill a bottle of sherry, prep these make-ahead tapas recipes and invite some pals over for a fun night on the patio.