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The History of Spanish Tapas

Assorted Spanish Tapas

Assorted Spanish Tapas

Tapas are a fundamental way of life in Spain. These tasty small dishes are found in every bar, cafe, restaurant and home throughout Spain. There are many variations of tapas, meaning you can always find something delicious for everyone. Some of the more popular tapas dishes range from Spanish sausages such as chorizo or salchichon, sliced jamon serrano, assorted spanish cheeses, tortilla espanola just to name a few.

The history of tapas is somewhat uncertain. One of the more popular theories is that King Alfonso X, known as the Wise King of Caste and Leon, was constantly fatigued. His chef would feed him various small portions of food throughout the day to combat his exhaustion due to hunger.

Another less appetizing and hygienic theory was that slices of ham and cheese would be used to cover the cups of wine in order to keep the flies out. You see the word cover translated into Spanish is “tapar”. Hence the word tapas.

In any case tapas are a tradition that are here to stay. Fortunately for Spanish food lovers, authentic Spanish ingredients are now easily available throughout the world and here in the United States. Amigofoods offers a wide variety of Spanish foods online to help you create your own tapas.

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