Tapas – Delicious Nibbles
Hello people, sorry for my disappearance from the blogging scene! I am back and now trying to get back to my blogging rhythm. I can’t believe that it was almost a month ago that I posted my all time favourite dish – Sweet & Sour Crab. I hope you guys like this dish as much as I do. I was in South of France 2 weeks ago and had wonderful time there! It was warm and the lifestyle is totally different from London. Hopefully, I will get a post written up on a few things that I did while I was there. Stay tuned 😉
I have been wanting to share a few Tapas dishes a while ago. As I looked back at the pictures that I took a few months ago in Barcelona, I have to admit that I miss Tapas so much that I thought I would make a few at home to reminisce about a few of the Tapas that we had while in Barcelona. One of the most common and popular ones has to be Pimientos de Padrón – deep fried mini peppers.
Pimientos de Padrón are small green peppers roughly the size of your thumb. They’re fried in olive oil, salted, and served at many tapas bars. I love the sweetness from the peppers, coupled with a slight sprinkle of salt and the fragrant of olive oil make this Tapas dish fabulous!
Another delicious nibbles that I had was deep fried parsnips. The parsnips are sliced into very thin strips, deep fried in olive oil and sprinkle with either dried or freshly chopped tarragon. To be honest, this is one of the best combinations of flavours I have ever tasted. Tarragon has hints of licorice and lemon, which goes really well with the sweetness of parsnips. I now start to explore different ways to use tarragon in my cooking.
Though these 2 Tapas dishes seem to be really easy to make, but they taste really good and I reckon they are suitable to be served as nibbles for dinner party!
For the Tapas – Delicious Nibbles:
Pimientos de Padrón:
125ml olive oil
250g or roughly 30 Pimientos de Padrón
sea salt to taste
For the Chirivías Fritas:
300ml olive oil
4 parsnips, peeled and sliced into thin strips
sea salt to taste
To make pimientos de padrón: wash the peppers and dry them thoroughly. In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over a medium flame. Add peppers and fry, stirring well, cook for 2-3 minutes or until they blister and begin to turn brown. Remove the peppers and pat them dry on a sheet of kitchen towel. Sprinkle with salt.
To make chirivías fritas: in a medium skillet, heat olive oil over a medium flame. Add a big handful of parsnips strips and cook for 4-5 minutes or until they begin to turn brown. Remove and pat them dry on a sheet of kitchen towel. Repeat and fry the rest of the parsnips strips in batches. Sprinkle with salt and tarragon before serving.
WOW! LOVE both the tapas and pictures. Perfect.
Welcome back — we missed you! These tapas look really delicious. My mom used to pan-fry hot green peppers and they were killer spicy but so good. Can’t wait for the travel post =).
Nice to read you again!
Those tapas are wonderful! I love the pictures.
Good to have you back! I myself has been gone for 2 years. Great posting and lovely pictures.
Thank you! I am glad to be back on blogging… hopefully I will get to post more 😉
Delectable nibbles !
You surely had a good time in the Mediterranean region !
Yeah, I did have a great time. Hoping to go there again soon!
OMG… these are awesome clicks…macam book cover 😀
Nice… very nice… 🙂
Terima kasih, Lisa… 😉
I also setuju with Lisa! Macam book cover absolutely. 🙂
I can’t imagine if we meet up. Sure cakap tak henti henti!
Terima kasih, my dear!! Ya.. can’t imagine kalo kita orang meet up, sure sembang tak henti henti ni!
Wow those parsnips look really good and crispy!
Thank you! It is really addictive.. I love its crispiness so much!
Wonderful ideas for tapas, not the usual things I’d expect, even from places like Movida. Welcome back!
Thank you! 😉
I enjoy small nibbles/tapas because I can try a variety of food instead of just one single substantial dish.
Yes, same here, I agree that it is a good way to try a variety of food. 🙂
the deep-fried parsnips look great!!!! now i am drooling over it…..
Oh! The tapas look awesome, specially the fried parsnips. Beautiful photos!
Hope you are having a great week and welcome back 🙂
I’m going to be in the south of France soon too! Beautiful pictures of those delicious tapas.
That’s cool! Which city are you going?
I fell in love with pimiento padron when I went to Barcelona too, and like you have tried to recreate it at home. I find I get very few ‘spicy’ ones here though!
Amazing photos, as always. You’ve made something so simple look so good.
Thanks Su-yin. Ohhh, there are spicy ones? I didn’t take any though. I have to say these little yummy ones are so addictive!
oh gosh, your photo absolutely rock! awesome leemei. cantik!
and the recipe…of course i love it too !
Terima kasih, Ira 😉
I’m new to tapas, and they certainly look gorgeous from your photos. Welcome home!
Thank you, wiffy!
Awesome tapas!! They sound a great pairing!!
Thank you, LK!
I have my eyes on the deep fried parsnips O.O
hehe.. it was really yummy!
Haven’t tasted either Tapas before. Sounds and looks gorgeous.
They are yummy.. I am so addicted to Tapas when I went to Barcelona.
What knock-out photos! Love tapas. I’ve made something similar to the Padrón using Japanese shishito peppers. Addictive. Thanks for sharing the parsnip recipe – sounds awesome.
Thanks for dropping by and your comment! I wonder if the Shishito peppers taste the same?