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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.

Make Tapas Night Sensational

Made for sharing, tapas are normally several small plates of food that are no bigger than a snack or appetizer. Tapas dishes can be cold or 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 preparing dishes that are readily bite-sized and can be passed around the table freely. And of course, always pair your tapas flavors with wine or drinks that will make the flavors sing! 

Rustic Plates

Tapas aren't about being perfect. Feel free to play with plate sizes, colors and textures while keeping in mind that wooden cheese boards, ramekins and bowls all work just as well. Whatever you have on-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 all your tapas dishes are arranged in their own small bowl or plate to create an array of appetizing colors and make it easy for everyone to nibble their way through the entire tapas menu.  

Preparation is easy     

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. And should you already have a night of tapas planned, just prepare the vinaigrette and salsa the night before so that there’s one less thing to do when the guests arrive.

Variety is the Spice of Tapas

Alternate what you have to offer, from warm grilled dishes to cold ones. And whatever you do, don’t forget the sweet indulgence at the end of the evening.