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Olé! Tapas bring a taste of Spain to your table

Tired of serving mozzarella sticks and pigs-in-a-blanket at your parties? Food and Wine magazine took a trip to Spain and brought back the best finger food they could find. Known as tapas, these light appetizers will have you licking your fingers, and booking a ticket across the Atlantic. Grace Parisi, senior test kitchen associate for Food and Wine, was invited on "Today" to share some of these s
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Tired of serving mozzarella sticks and pigs-in-a-blanket at your parties? Food and Wine magazine took a trip to Spain and brought back the best finger food they could find. Known as tapas, these light appetizers will have you licking your fingers, and booking a ticket across the Atlantic. Grace Parisi, senior test kitchen associate for Food and Wine, was invited on "Today" to share some of these simple but sensational dishes.

Garlicky Shrimp With Olive Oil

Total time: 20 minutes



La Casa del Abuelo, a tiny taberna in Madrid, is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Its gambas al ajillo (shrimp with garlic) are cooked in individual earthenware cazuelitas and served with plenty of bread to dip into the garlicky oil once the shrimp have been eaten. This dish can also be prepared in a skillet.

Egg and Potato Chip Tortilla

Total time: 10 minutes



Tortillas de patata, fluffy potato omelets cooked on both sides, are among Spain's signature dishes. Ferran Adrià is particularly proud of his inspired use of potato chips as a fast, easy alternative to the fried potatoes. Spanish cooks might use fresh chips from a churreria (a shop specializing in fried crullers), but thin supermarket chips like Lay's are a good substitute.

Lamb Meatballs With Mint

Total time: 50 minutes



The bar at Seville's Enrique Becerra restaurant serves a standout tapa,
Albóndigas de Cordero a la Hierbabuena, meatballs made with the classic combination of lamb and mint.

Crispy Chicken and Vegetable Croquettes

Active time: 1 hour

Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes



Ismael Prados, the Jamie Oliver of Catalonia, is the chef at La Vinya del Senyor, a Barcelona tapas bar with two branches. Prados presides over the newer one, on the north side of the city center, preparing delicious snacks like these crispy, delicately spiced
Croquetes de Rostit.