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Spanish Tapas Dishes and Easy Entertaining

A couple of simple Spanish tapas dishes, a good bottle of wine and you’ve got yourself a night of easy entertaining!

Two simple Spanish tapas dishes!

This post was sponsored by Kitchen PLAY on behalf of DaVinci Wine. All thoughts, views and opinions expressed are my own.

What I’m sharing with you guys today is my favorite way to entertain. A few simple Spanish tapas dishes, some good wine and a handful of great friends. If the weather is great and we can sit outside, that’s even better!

You can’t control the weather, but you can control what you serve and how simple it is!

Spanish tapas dishes are perfect for easy entertaining. Everyone can have just enough of everything to enjoy throughout the evening without the need for a big sit-down meal. When I entertain, I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen; I want to be laughing and enjoying the time with my guests.

I typically throw together two dishes that couldn’t be simpler (no, really): Gambas al Ajillo (Shrimp with Garlic) and Patatas Bravas (Fried Potatoes with Tomato Sauce or Aioli). Both have minimal ingredients, come together quickly and are still delicious at room temperature.

Two simple Spanish tapas dishes!

My version of is fresh shrimp marinated with garlic and a combination of ground ancho and chipotle chile powders. All you have to do is give them a quick sear in a pan (or toss ’em on skewers if you’re grilling) and you’ve got one Spanish tapas dish done!

Two simple Spanish tapas dishes!

The Patatas Bravas are even simpler. Just cut up your potatoes, toss them in olive oil, salt & pepper, then roast them for 40 minutes or so. Serve with a simple sauce or aioli (or both) and you’re ready to enjoy a glass of wine!

Two simple Spanish tapas dishes!

Which brings us to the wine you’ll want to serve. I like to serve a crisp, elegant wine like DaVinci Pinot Grigio. It pairs perfectly with many of your favorite foods, from burgers to seafood to dessert. And potatoes, of course!

DaVinci wines are produced by the Cantine Leonardo da Vinci, a cooperative of more than 200 passionate local winegrowers nestled near the Tuscan hillside town of Vinci, the historic birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci.

The expert growers and winemakers for DaVinci produce authentic, high-quality Italian wines, including both Chianti and Pinot Grigio. Tuscany is well-known as the home of the Chianti grape, while grapes for DaVinci Pinot Grigio are grown in northeastern Italy.

The cool evenings and warm days of northeastern Italy are suited to producing crisp, elegant Pinot Grigio grapes, resulting in a wine that is more acidic and less sweet, which ultimately pairs better with food than many domestic Pinot Grigio wines. The clean, crisp finish and natural acidity makes DaVinci Pinot Grigio very food-friendly – perfect for these Spanish tapas dishes!

Two simple Spanish tapas dishes!

DaVinci Pinot Grigio has brilliant straw color and delicate floral aromas. The palate is full and ripe, characterized by notes of apple, tropical and citrus fruits, and a hint of minerality. Lively acidity and a fresh, crisp profile make this a wonderfully versatile white wine!

I would love to hear your thoughts on both DaVinci wine as well as your favorite Spanish tapas dishes. And be sure to tag me – @thewickednoodle on all social platforms – so I can see your delicious creations!

Two simple Spanish tapas dishes!

Gambas al Ajillo

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp to pan and cook, turning once, until shrimp are just cooked through (about 4-5 minutes depending on size of shrimp).
  3. Alternatively, you can also put shrimp on skewers and toss them on the grill.
Kristy Bernardo
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Wednesday 19th of October 2016

These tapas dishes look SO GOOD! Can't wait to try the wine!

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 21st of October 2016

Thanks!! You'll love it all :)


Tuesday 4th of October 2016

YES!!! I've made both of these and they were delicious.

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 21st of October 2016

So happy you enjoyed them!


Tuesday 4th of October 2016

What can I use in place of the ancho chile powder? Can I just use all chipotle?

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 21st of October 2016

You definitely can!

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