Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Whether you’re planning an elegant night out with your sweetheart or having a romantic dinner at home, tapas bring you the passion of Spain and are perfect for this special day. Tapas, can take many forms; cold dishes like patatas bravas or the Tortilla Espanola, and warm dishes like pulpo a la plancha or croquetas.
Here are some of our favorite picks for a tapas celebration in honor of Valentine’s Day and our special someone.
The red color of these roasted Piquillo peppers make this dish perfect for Valentine’s Day. Stuff these succulent, velvety red peppers with Bonito del Norte Tuna from the Cantabrian Sea. Stuffed Piquillo peppers are a perfect ambassador of Valentine’s Day.
Montaditos de Cantimpalo
The Montadito wears its heart on its sleeve. Montaditos are like little open faced sandwiches. Everything it has to offer your taste buds is right there in the open for all to see. The red color of a slice of Cantimpalo along with the white color of a slice of Montelarreina Sheep’s Milk cheese on top of a slice of crunchy bread make this version of the Montadito perfect for Valentine’s Day celebrations.
The Marcona almond is one of the finest available and this ancient nut is also one of the oldest known aphrodisiacs, arousing desire and fertility. Stuff the beautiful, green Gordal olive with delicious Marcona almonds and you’ve got a bite sized treat. Just remember that a little aphrodisiac goes a long way.
Queso de Cabra al Horno
With a little creativity, this classic dish is perfect for Valentine’s Day. Instead of the typical round slice of creamy goat cheese, mold the cheese into a heart shape. Place the cheese in a cazuela, surround it with a pool of rich tomato sauce, then broil in the oven. The result is a molten symbol of love.
Which tapas do you think best represent Valentine’s Day?