My husband and I love to cook Spanish food and invite guests over to partake. I like to surprise people with unusual dishes, and most haven’t tried this kind of cuisine. I know they appreciate it. Recently, a friend and frequent guest at the dining table reciprocated by asking us to come over for a pool party and pot luck dinner. They have a large above ground pool so they asked us to bring our swimsuits. As it had been rather warm for the past week, we thought it was a great idea. We could cool off before or after we ate. I just had to decide what type of food to bring. No doubt there would be a barbecue with either chicken or hot dogs. Maybe hamburgers and grilled corn. If I brought my specialty, tapas, it would be a unique addition to the menu. So I whipped up a big batch.
Tapas can be filled with pureed vegetables, cheese, ground meat of some type, or anything that suits your fancy. They are large enough to be either an appetizer or an entrée (especially if you eat two or more). I decided to make a variety to suit every taste. When I got to the party and revealed what I brought, I heard cries of joy. Everyone wanted to try them and rushed over to the waiting platter. You can bet that I was pretty pleased. It is a lot of work and it paid off. I am glad that I made so many. While tapas are getting popular and restaurants are starting to serve the, for most they are a new taste. I could see that we had many converts. In fact, a few people asked me if they could order a batch and what would be my price.
It was an interesting proposition. I could sell tapas by the dozen and make a little extra money. I decided on $20 and everyone who wanted to order thought this amount was fair. I rushed home to make a list of ingredients to buy at the store to cover the number requested. The next day I got busy preparing a couple dozen. I wrapped them carefully in plastic wrap and put them in a box to keep them fresh. I delivered them promptly by car. I had a new business. This was going to be fun. Tapas for everyone!
Over the years, I had thought of catering and I do a fair amount but small tapas orders were something new. I usually did buffet dinners with several dishes including a chicken vegetable casserole or paella. I sometimes threw in sangria or Spanish sherry. Tapas go with everything so people can just buy them on their own for snacks or light lunches. I would experiment with a new variety but so far people were pleased with what I was offering. They freeze well and I always had a couple dozen on hand for myself. If someone drops in, they get tapas and a glass of wine.