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Spanish tapas recipes to make at home, including Omar Allibhoy's spicy pork skewers, roasted pepper tortilla and chorizo patatas bravas
Typically, tapas are small, bite-sized dishes that are served either hot or cold and are usually flavoured quite strongly with garlic, chilli, saffron or cumin. The word tapas originates from the Spanish word “tapar” – to cover, and is believed to come from taverns in Andulucia, where sherry drinkers would request a slice of bread or piece of meat to cover their drink from fruit flies. Tapas have evolved a lot since then, but crusty bread, olives and slices of meat are also still a staple and served alongside the other dishes.
Our tapas recipes are the perfect party food as you can prepare them in no time, or you can serve a selection as a main at an intimate dinner party. Why not give this clams with sherry and Serrano ham recipe a go (pictured) – it’s packed full of flavours that are very typically Spanish. They’re not only bursting with flavour, but with colour too so they’ll look stunning when served. Ideally, serve with crusty bread so guests can mop up the delicious juices too.
Serving tapas at your party is a great way to get people not only sharing, but talking as well, as the small bite-size dishes allow guests to move around, rather than people focusing on a whole meal in front of them. Why not make a small selection of these recipes a go at your next drinks party; we guarantee, they’re sure to be a hit!
Impress your friends with this sophisticated-sounding yet completely easy to make spanish tostadas recipe
Chorizo and patatas bravas with eggs - it's the quintessential Spanish brunch and perfect for sharing with a crowd.
Tasty pieces of chorizo dressed as burgers will make them palatable for even the fussiest of eaters.
Roasted pepper torilla - the perfect continental take on brunch.
Immerse yourself in the distinctive spanish flavours with these stuffed tomatoes
The sherry and figs really draw out the flavour of this slow braised spanish pork.
Nobody cooks seafood like the Spaniards. Even Rick Stein would be impressed by these ambrosial pil pil prawns
This gorgeous chicken with chorizo and olives is packed to the hilt with authentic spanish flavours.
Tortilla is such a versatile recipe. Liven it up with some artisan ham and olives.
A fruity concoction that's bound to raise a few smiles around the table. This sherry-cooked chicken on tapas spinach is scrumptious.
Great for a post-work snack or even better for party nibbles. These blue cheese and sesame triangles are delish.
Layers of sweet potato baked with eggs and cheese...no more convincing needed.
This sticky chicken and chorizo tray bake recipe will make a fabulous mid-week roast, spanish style.
Chicken braised in sherry vinegar with grapes - the sweetest dish in our savoury tapas round up.
Seasonal vegetables are always delicious, so make the most of them with this courgette and goats' cheese tortilla
Serve this buffalo mozzarella and crispy Serrano ham with rye breads for a delicious grab and go Italian tapas.