• Spain has gifted us with one of the most delicious food customs: tapas. Made up of bite-sized savoury snacks that are crumbed, dipped, fried, skewered or stuffed, a tapas spread is a luxurious way to enjoy the vibrant flavours of Spain in a variety of different dishes. Ranging from chorizo croquettes to marinated olives, these are our all-time favourite recipes to host your own Spanish tapas dinner party with friends.

    1. Spanish meatballs

    Meatballs, or ‘albondigas’, are a classic addition to a Spanish tapas spread. Succulent and seasoned with warming flavours, serve these meatballs on toothpicks to save guests from getting greasy fingers.

    Spanish meatballs


    2. Crispy potatoes

    Crumbed in polenta, parmesan and rosemary, these super crunchy morsels of potato satisfy all those intense umami cravings. Serve with a creamy aioli on the side for dipping.

    Polenta, Parmesan and rosemary crumbed crunchy potatoes with aïoli


    3. Grilled prawns

    Coated in a punchy butter laced with smoky paprika, these prawns are a must-have in your Spanish tapas spread. We cooked these prawns over the braai for extra flavour, although they can also be fried if you prefer.

    Grilled prawns with paprika and garlic butter


    4. Lamb skewers

    These succulent lamb skewers are spiced with a dry rub of cumin, chilli and salt. Serve inside small tortillas with a fresh slaw and dollop of yoghurt for a pop of colour and freshness.

    North-western Chinese lamb skewers


    5. Croquettes

    Spicy chorizo sausage is a staple of Spanish cooking. An extremely versatile and delicious ingredient, we stuffed pieces of chorizo inside croquettes for the ultimate Spanish tapas snack.

    Spicy chorizo croquettes


    6. Crumbed mushrooms

    A vegetarian option that is just as satisfying as meat, these crumbed mushrooms will keep your guests coming back for more!

    Panko crumbed mushrooms with wasabi mayonnaise


    7. Spanish mussels

    These Spanish-inspired mussels will be sure to add some fire to your palate. Serve with crusty garlic bread on the side to mop up all the delicious sauce.

    Spicy mussels with lightly flavoured garlic bread


    8. Marinated olives

    A few small bowls of simple marinated olives are essential for a Spanish tapas evening. Feeling more creative? Serve them on top of baked feta with roasted tomatoes – yum!

    Marinated olives


    9. Empanadas

    Oh empanadas, how we love you! Although classically made with beef, our chicken version with a kick of lime is just as delicious. If you don’t have enough time to make your own pastry, then grab a roll of pre-made shortcrust or puff pastry from the shops – whichever you prefer.

    Coriander and lime chicken empanadas


    10. Pan con tomate

    Pan con tomato is best described as the Spanish version of classic tomato bruschetta. It is a simple snack that celebrates the beautiful flavour of in-season tomatoes.

    Spanish-style toast with tomato (pan con tomate)



    Many tapas dishes are not complete without a bowl of aioli on the side for dipping. Similar to mayonnaise, aioli can be flavoured in many ways and whipped up from pantry staples. Learn how to make aioli from scratch with our guide below.

    How to make aioli

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    ALSO SEE: How to make Sangria



    Kirsty is the food assistant on the Food&Home team. Usually baking up a storm, snapping pics on her camera or buried in her beloved recipe books, she also spends her time tinkering on the piano, doing contemporary dancing and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

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