10 Tapas for Summer Nights

July 25, 2014

The culture of tapas is one of conversation, where friends and strangers alike gather around makeshift tables and windowside bars to indulge in each other's company and in the array of small plates in front of them. Glasses of wine pass from hand to hand, dishes travel an unchartered path, and the moveable feast continues late into the night. 

As we move into late summer, take advantage of the warm nights that we'll soon have to part with. Bring the tapeo outside with cool drinks and warm dishes, all plated on Provisions serveware designed for sharing small bites

Invite your friends, neighbors, and maybe the passing couple on their evening stroll: This meal is as much about the company as it is the cuisine. 

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Patatas Bravas by Dax Phillips on a Handmade Ceramic Hexagonal Plate

Patatas Bravas  

Carne Asada con Rajas
by Waverly

Red Sangria
by Kenzi Wilbur in Glass Tumblers

Red Sangria  

Blistered Shishito Peppers
by Marian Bull

Blistered Shishito Peppers

Serrano Ham and Manchego Croquetas by Sonali aka the Food Physician on Small Plates

Serrano Ham and Manchego Croquetas with Smoked Pimentón Aioli  

Fave dei Morti (Almond Cookies with Cinnamon & Rum)
by Emiko

Fave dei Morti

Spanish Tortilla
by Amanda Hesser on Swedish Blue Rosemaling Dessert Plates

Spanish Tortilla  

Warm Olives in Anchovy Oil
by ieatthepeach

Warm Olives in Anchovy Oil

Sweet and Spicy Calamari
by SouffleBombay on Lace Plates

Sweet and Spicy Calamari  

Tarragon-Lemon Aioli Served With Grilled Artichokes by dymnyno

Tarragon-Lemon Aioli Served With Grilled Artichokes

More: Head over to Provisions to see the full Small Plates collection.

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Lynda L. July 28, 2015
No recipe for the Artichokes....?
Elisa July 28, 2014
Hi! I am Spanish and I love tapas, of course!! :) But cookies?? No way!! Tapas are not sweet! And the best part? You have to share them with everybody. <3
nansaki July 25, 2014
these plates are astonisinghly expensive and they are, in the end, white plates.