Tapas is the traditional Spanish cuisine which serves up a variety of small plates of food alongside wine as both an appetizer and a social event. Throwing a tapas party is a great way to get friends together for an evening which detracts from the dreary English winter.
With that in mind, we’ve found the most mouth-watering recipes on the web which can be rustled up to wow your friends. Many can be made or prepared ahead of time, giving you more opportunity to sample your dishes and Spanish wine while enjoying your friends and families company.
Spanish style prawns
Prawns are a staple in Spanish culture, and this smoky recipe can be cooked up in as little as 15 minutes, meaning it can be cooked fresh for your guests while they pick from other tapas dishes.
Via Food for a King
Serrano Wrapped Melon
Serrano is an air-dried ham from Spain, and is said to be one of the best hams in the world. Melon and serrano ham is one of the most popular combinations of food for Spanish tapas, and the lemon oil in this recipe gives an extra dimension to the sweet and salty combination.
Via Sid in the Kitchen
Tortilla Espanola is a traditional Spanish dish made of egg, potato and onion. A simple but hearty dish which will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters; to serve tapas style, cut into smaller pieces and plate up.
Via Savvy Eat
Marinated olives are one of the more simple tapas dishes but their salty, oily components work well both on their own and with other tapas plates. Marinate them yourself for a much richer, aromatic flavour than is available shop bought.
Via Dance of Saucepans
Salt cod fritters
Salt cod fritters, or Bacalao as it’s known in Spain, is made from salt cod, potatoes and batter combined and fried for a crisp and salty bite sized fish piece. Serve with lemon and aioli for an unbeatable flavour combination.
Via Lavender and Lovage
One of Spain’s infamous dishes, patatas bravas combines crispy potatoes with a spicy garlicky sauce for a filling and moreish dish that will complement almost every tapas possible.
Via Minimalist Baker
Chorizo braised in red wine
This simple dish involves simmering chorizo, onions and garlic in red wine for a syrupy, smoky dish. Serve with crusty bread for guests to soak up any excess sauce.
Via The Novice Chef Blog
Fig, pistachio and honey goat cheese bites
Figs are a Spanish fruit, and its sweet flavour is often paired with goat’s cheese and nuts for a sweet, tart and crunchy offering in one. These bites can be cooked up in under 15 minutes and make a light option for your tapas table.
Via Beard and Bonnet
Referred to as albondigas in Spanish, meatballs are a staple tapas dish thanks to their versatility and richness. Serve alongside bread to mop up the sauce.
Via Under the Andalusian Sun
This tapas dish involved marinating pork in smoky Spanish paprika and crushed red pepper for a tender meat with a fiery kick. Sliced up and served with greens, this is a relatively light tapas dish to accompany some of the heavier options.
Via Analida’s Ethnic Spoon