Originally, tapas were slices of bread topped with ham and cheese and served atop a glass of sherry, wine, or beer as an edible lid (the word "tapas" is Spanish for covers). But these little dishes, long popular in Spanish restaurants and bars, have come to include a whole range of savory tidbits. Some, like stuffed mushrooms, are finger foods; others, like grilled seafood salad, require a fork. All tapas, however, are simple to prepare, so they are perfect for summer entertaining. Prepare one recipe to have as an appetizer -- or, even better, make a meal of tapas by choosing a few and sampling them all.
Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2000