June 16 is World Tapas Day. To celebrate, pour yourself a glass of bold vino and enter tapas territory with these bite-size Spanish snacks - from croquettes and chorizo to saucy meatballs and fried custard.
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14 Jun 2019 - 2:42 PM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2019 - 2:42 PM

Yes - it's true! Spain has officially declared every third Thursday of June to be World Tapas Day! Who are we to argue, so let's honour these bite-size snacks by eating them all!

1. Meatballs with almond, onion and saffron sauce

Made with beef, veal or even chicken mince, this Catalan dish can easily morph into a main course with the addition of some steamed potatoes and a green salad. Sold!

2. Cider-glazed chorizo

Sweet, salty, crisp and succulent, this recipe for cider-glazed chorizo is a sure thing. Serve it with crusty bread to mop up all those delicious juices!

3. Salt cod croquettes

Crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside, it’s no wonder croquetas are one of Spain’s most adored bar snacks.

4. Spanish prawn fritters 

These crisp fritters are a southern favourite. Take your prawns and encase them in a batter of chickpea flour, parsley and onion before getting your fry on.

5. Clams with ham and sherry

Clams and dry-cured Spanish ham, jamón serrano, meet in this simple dish. Serve it immediately with some crusty bread.

6. Sherry-glazed pork belly and prawn cake brioche 

Shane Delia pairs crunchy prawn cakes with sticky tender pork belly for the ultimate tapa. Garlicky aioli, sweet pork, crunchy prawns, toasted brioche – what’s not to love?

7. Fried potatoes

Patatas fritas! With only 3 ingredients, these potatoes are a quick and satisfying side making this a supreme Spanish must-make. 

8. Vinaigrette of mussels 

This vibrant vinaigrette makes these mussels flex! A simple plate that is absolutely perfect as a light first course with some Spanish cider. 

9. Spiced pork skewers

Served with a roast capsicum sauce, these Spanish-style skewers will become a weekly staple amongst your friends and family.

Spiced pork skewers (pintxos morunos)

10. White beans braised with tomatoes 

The combination of jamón and sweet paprika delivers a salty, rich flavour to these hearty white beans. These are the perfect accompaniment to crusty bread and a glass of sangria. 

11. Fried custard

A beautifully-sweet way to round off your savoury feast, these custards are zesty with a hint of cinnamon spice.

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