Originally, tapas was eaten as a snack between main meals to tide the body over. The term has since evolved to refer to an amazing array of mouthful-size bites, to be enjoyed with a glass of sherry or ice-cold beer. Spaniards enjoy walking from bar to bar grazing on these small dishes, standing with a glass in hand talking about the day's events, or what their football team will do on the weekend.
10 small crusty bread rolls
10 slices raw chorizo sausage
1 tin piquillo peppers*
10 tsp good-quality mayonnaise
* Sold at delis and some supermarkets.
Slice bread rolls in half lengthways and lie open on a cutting board.
Fry chorizo over a medium heat in a non-stick fry pan, or barbecue until well coloured and cooked through.
Empty peppers into a bowl. While chorizo is warm, place a piece on the bottom of each roll, then a piece of piquillo pepper.
Sprinkle a little salt on the pepper and finish with a teaspoon of mayonnaise.
Place the other piece of bread on top and push a toothpick through to keep it all together.