The Christmas season is fast approaching, and for some this a time of comforting traditions and rituals. However, as the last few years have certainly demonstrated, nothing is certain in life and sometimes breaking free from established customs can even be a fun and eye opening experience.
Christmas dinner is one of those time-worn traditions that has its charm, but it can sometimes feel a little predictable and over familiar as the years go by. If you would like to spice up your Christmas dinner this year, why not consider a Mediterranean twist with an Iberico tapas bar menu.
This will provide you with a memorable experience that will certainly be a talking point and won’t blend into all the rest of your seasonal dining experiences. Here are some brilliant reasons to have a Spanish festive fiesta this year.
A perfect sharing experience
Christmas time is all about bonding with your loved ones, and the tapas experience is an ideal opportunity to get together and enjoy a selection of delicious sharing plates. It’s a fun and informal alternative to a traditional Christmas dinner as you discover new and exciting dishes together.
Enjoy the Andalusian delights of premium Iberico ham and chorizo and acorn fed Iberico pork loin as an alternative to turkey, or gambas al ajillo (prawns in garlic and chilli sauce). There’s something for everyone, with favourites such a tortilla (Spanish omelette) croquetas, and patatas bravas (fried potatoes with brava and garlic sauce).
A menu tailored to you
Whatever your tastes, dietary requirements or preferences, there will always be an option on the menu for you. There’s a huge selection of vegetarian, vegan, seafoods and meat dishes that will mean everyone in your party is catered for. It’s the perfect opportunity to expand your culinary horizons and try something new if you are feeling adventurous.
Enjoy a stress-free Christmas day
A home cooked Christmas dinner can of course be a joyous occasion, but it does take a lot of forward thinking, shopping, preparation and slaving over a hot stove in the kitchen when all you really want to do is relax and soak up the occasion with your favourite tipple.
This is not to mention all the mountains of washing up afterwards! Such an occasion can put a strain on even the most jolly and harmonious of festive get-togethers. Why not avoid having to get up at six in the morning to put the turkey in the oven and peel a huge mountain of potatoes and Brussel sprouts?
Breaking free from the ritual of cooking on Christmas day can feel wonderfully liberating for everyone, not to mention much less stressful!
The flexibility of tapas makes it ideally suited for large gatherings, as it provides you the opportunity to join forces with another family or gather extended members of your own family that you normally wouldn’t have space to fit around the dining table.