Tips for your Tapas Night menu

Creating the perfect tapas night doesn’t take much, but it’s still important to make sure the details are looked after. Transporting your friends and family to the salty sea spray and green valleys of the Mediterranean coast is easy with these delectable tips for your tapas menu.


Made for sharing, tapas is normally several small plates of food that are no bigger than a snack or appetizer. Tapas dishes can be cold as well as hot but the most important thing is to include delectable sides of salty olives or capers, rustic bread, and a selection of cheeses and vegetables. Ensure your tapas night is as authentic as possible by having dishes that are readily bite-sized and can be passed around the table freely. And of course, always pair your tapas flavours with wine or drinks that make the flavours sing!



Alternate what you have to offer, from warm grilled dishes to cold ones. Get inspired by our warm tapas dishes such as the classic toasted ham sandwich with Castello® Aged Havarti and mild Padrón peppers or hasselback potatoes with Castello® Tickler Extra Mature Cheddar and salsa - a creamy twist on Patatas bravas. Pair the warm dishes with the cold ones such as  crisp cauliflower salad with Castello® Double Crème White, salty olives and saffron vinaigretteBelgium endive salad with Castello® Double Crème Blue, sweet grapes and fresh sage or bocadillos with Serrano ham, fragrant apricots and the sharp surprise of Castello® Traditional Danish Blue. And whatever you do, don’t forget the sweet indulgence at the end of the evening with crunchy filo pastry cones filled with Castello® Pineapple Decorated Cream Cheese Ring and lemon curd.



Tapas isn’t about being perfect. Feel free to play with plate sizes, colours and textures whilst keeping in mind that wooden cheeseboards, ramekins and bowls all work just as well. Whatever you have at hand will work, but should you want to present your meal in real Spanish style, go for handmade earthy tones of rich browns and dark red ceramics. Make sure that each your tapas dishes are arranged in their own small bowl or plate to create and array of appetizing colours and make it easy for everyone to nibble their way through the entire tapas menu.



Simplicity is key to the magic of tapas. Be sure you’re ready for an impromptu dinner by always having black olives, peppers, capers, pesto, Castello® cheeses and rustic bread at the ready. If you already have an evening of tapas planned, you can prepare the vinaigrette and salsa the night before. This checks off one more thing from your to-do list before guests arrive.

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