Ahiflower oil is packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It's delicate, so avoid heating it—like we do in this recipe with spicy, Spanish no-cook romesco sauce.
Called patatas bravas in Spanish, or “fierce potatoes,” these crispy little nuggets of potato are usually deep-fried in olive oil, but they’re equally wonderful roasted in the oven with just a kiss of oil as we’ve done. Serve with romesco, a rich sauce made of roasted peppers and almonds that’s great on any roasted vegetable, and garnish with chopped almonds or a spinkle of smoked paprika.
Roasted stuffed peppers are a mainstay of tapas bars in Spain. In this fresh twist, we skip the oven and fill raw mini bell peppers with creamy sheep’s milk cheese or goat cheese and top with crispy serrano ham bits for a textural feast.
Heating whole, unpitted olives with vinegar, oil, herbs and spices wakes up their flavors and makes them soft and plump. A mix of buttery green Castelvetrano and Kalamata olives is lovely, but you can substitute whatever plain, unmarinated olives you have on hand.
Clams are popular as warm tapas in Spain. Cooked with lots of garlic and sherry, they are always served with crusty bread to sop up the delicious juices. Use a dry or semi-dry sherry, such as Fino, and follow the Spanish maxim: Never cook with a sherry you wouldn’t drink.
Dried seaweed salad mix is a colorful blend of popular varieties of seaweed. If the salad comes with a dressing packet, simply reserve it for another use. Saffron threads help give this paella lovely flavor, but they tend to be expensive – you can leave them out if you don’t already have a jar in your pantry. Serve with lemon wedges.