Thursday, November 17, 2016

Espuna Tapas Essentials Brings A Little Taste of Spain to Your Table

Personally, I love making a meal on finger foods, and going out with friends to share a bunch of appetizers has long been a favourite night out. You can imagine that the rise in popularity of charcuterie boards has made me very happy too. Cured meats, crusty bread, olives, and cheese? I'm all over it. Knowing my friend Ana feels much the same way, when she came to stay last weekend I laid out a lunch of delicious tapas for us to enjoy.

Espuna Tapas Essentials is a new brand to Canada, but has been around since 1947, when founder Esteve Espuna began producing sausages using traditional recipes in Catalonia. Over they years they expanded both geographically and with new products, now offering a wide range of cured meats, sausages, and sliced cold meats. The company focuses on producing regionally inspired cured meats, with authentic Spanish taste for a true tapas experience.

Original Olot Salami. The casing may look mouldy, but it's not.
This is perfectly aged and delicious.

What is "tapas"? According to Espuna, "tapas" is a Spanish word, originally meaning "cover" or "lid." This refered to a slice of meat or bread used to cover your wine glass to keep out the dust of dirt roads. Today, "tapas" refers to an appetizer or light meal, generally enjoyed with drinks. My favourite way to eat!

Espuna produces a variety of ready to serve and heat & serve tapas, including regionally inspired salamis, canitas (like pepperettes), skewers, small sausages, and even bacon wrapped dates. The grown-ups at our table enjoyed sampling the various salami styles, along with some crusty bread and cheese. The kids went for the canitas - sticks of yummy cured meat that are easy to hold and eat on the run.

Many varieties come in this re-sealable package. Just pull to open.
My recommendation - try these out. We loved the flavours, and the ease of serving. Lay out a spread of these meats alongside some olives, cheese and bread, and you'll have a great Tapas adventure for your holiday entertaining. 

Espuna Tapas Essentials are available in Metro stores throughout Ontario as well as Longo's Markets.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own, or those of my family.

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