Preparing a Summer Tapas Feast

Tapas are a traditional Spanish appetizer. There are so many regional variations on tapas that it’s easy to find recipes to suit every culinary preference. This makes tapas an ideal choice for putting together a versatile menu for your summer party. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Melon with Serrano Ham

This tapa requires no cooking, making it the perfect selection for a summer feast. All you’ll need is half of a honeydew melon, cut into 1.5-inch cubes, plus 12 slices of thin Serrano ham. Cut each ham slice in half, wrap a melon cube in a halved slice, and secure the cube with a toothpick.

Smoked Salmon

This recipe does require baking, so preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Cut half of a French-style baguette into quarter-inch thick slices. Lightly toast them in the oven on both sides, for a total of five to seven minutes. After letting the bread cool, spread cream cheese on each piece. Cut half a pound of smoked salmon into pieces that will fit the bread slices, and place each piece on top of the cream cheese. Serve with lemon slices for squeezing.

Aioli Potatoes

These garlicky potatoes will complement your other tapas well. Peel four to five medium Yukon gold potatoes, and cut into half-inch chunks. Sprinkle them lightly with salt. Pour 16 ounces of oil into a frying pan and heat. Once the oil is hot, add the potatoes and fry until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Drain on a paper towel, and then transfer to a large mixing bowl. Pour a generous helping of garlic aioli sauce over the potatoes—you can find aioli sauce pre-made in gourmet supermarkets. Toss the sauce with the potatoes. Skewer each potato slice with a toothpick for serving.

You can find everything you need for your summer tapas feast at Wild Plum Market. Located in Steamboat Springs, CO, this supermarket has a wealth of locally produced goods, and they even offer freshly made take-home meals and catering services. Call their store at (970) 879-1981 to find out more.