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Banderillas

Inspired by the colorful darts used in bullfights, banderillas are an easy party hors d'oeuvre that require no cooking, but some creativity. Many of these ingredients are available online or in a specialty foods store.

A typical selection of banderillas on display in Madrid. Eve Turow for NPR hide caption

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A typical selection of banderillas on display in Madrid.

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Anchovies

Boquerones

Pickled herring

Pickled garlic

Marinated artichoke hearts

Green olives with or without pimiento

Piquillo peppers

Cornichon pickles

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Pickled guindilla peppers

Cherry peppers

White meat tuna

Marinated pearl onions

Simply place combinations of the pickled vegetables, olives and/or marinated fish on a toothpick, creating colorful patterns and explosive flavors in one bite.

One traditional combination is the pintxo gilda (meaning lollipop) with a green olive, anchovy and 1 to 4 guindilla peppers (depending on desired spice).