Spanish Tapas Board


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Meet the Spanish Tapas Board! You all know how much I love a cheese board – so in honor of my Paella Party, I threw together something a little more Spanish themed with ALL THE THINGS! You’ll be obsessed.

Spanish Tapas Board from (@whatsgabycookin)

I mean… what better way to start off a party that with an epic Spanish Tapas Board! This one is Spanish themed, obviously and loaded with Tomato Confit, Green Harissa, toasted crostini, marinated artichokes (that you literally just take from a can, drain and toss with olive oil, red wine vinegar and garlic), plenty of Marcona almonds, a few kinds of olives, sliced Jamon and Spicy Chorizo and some Manchego or other spanish cheeses you find. It’s perfect.

Also – just a heads up – if you have any leftover Harissa – that stuff is FANTASTIC on top of a pile of paella. Just saying. Check out the Paella Party details here for the full menu and lots of inspiration!

Spanish Tapas Board from (@whatsgabycookin)

Spanish Tapas Board



  • Tomato Confit + Green Harissa recipes below
  • 1 baguette thinly sliced and toasted with olive oil
  • Marinated artichokes from a can, drained and tossed with olive oil, red wine vinegar and garlic
  • Marcona almonds
  • 2-3 kinds of olives
  • Jamon
  • Chorizo
  • Manchego or other spanish cheese

Green Harissa

  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 1 clove garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • water as needed

Tomato Confit

  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup good quality olive oil
  • 1 pinch saffron about 20 threads
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


For the Harissa

  • Combine everything in a food processor and whirl for 2 minutes until smooth. Add a few teaspoons of water if you need to smooth it out. It should be pesto consistency.

For the Tomato Confit

  • In a medium skillet, place the tomatoes and olive oil over medium high heat. Add the saffron and season with salt and pepper. Give the mixture a stir to combine.
  • Once the oil starts to get hot, and the tomatoes start to blister, reduce the heat to medium low and let simmer for 60 minutes. Stirring every 10 minutes.
  • After 60 minutes, the tomatoes should be falling apart. Remove them from the heat and let cool in the skillet for about 20 minutes before serving. Adjust salt and pepper before serving if desired.

To Assemble

  • Combine everything on a large serving platter or board and serve.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  2. Lauren Weisler

    Would you purchase your meats/cheeses at Trader Joe’s or whole foods or both?

  3. Ashley Bowen

    Where are the wooden serving forks from. I’ve been looking for something like them.

  4. Monique Domian

    Can you tell me about what looks like dried lemon slices on your board? Did you make those? Or purchase them somewhere? They look so intriguing!