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11 Easy Party Snacks to Make this Festive Season (2023)

Written By: Byron | November 20, 2023

It’s that time of year again and if you’re having people over you’re no doubt looking for party food recipes you can easily make that will still impress your guests. We bring you 11 easy party snacks to make for entertaining.

A plate of anchovy and pepper spread on some slices of toasted bread.


Anchovy and Red Pepper Canapes

A very simple recipe to prepare that comes out ridiculously tasty every time. You need just five minutes to prepare it, then let it sit and do its thing in the fridge for around two hours, then spoon some over bread and serve.

Anchovy and red pepper spread recipe

A small pile of paprika-infused chicken skewers sit on a slate plate.

2. Smoked Paprika Chicken Skewers

If you’ve visited our site before, you’ll know that smoked paprika is one of our all-time favorite Spanish spices to use. It adds a depth to dishes that no other spice can. These smoked paprika chicken skewers are always tasty and we often just serve them alone or you can dip them in romesco sauce, which you’ll also need for the next recipe anyway. 

Paprika chicken skewers recipe

a black bowl is filled with baked empanadas with fish and romesco sauce filling.

3. Empanadas with Fish and Romesco Sauce

These baked empanadas with fish and romesco sauce are bite-sized (well, more like two bites) and the quantities in our recipe make around 32 empanadas, so adjust as needed. We use store-bought empanada pastry disks when in a hurry and you can prep and cook them in an hour. If you don’t want to use fish, try our mini chicken with cider-infused chorizo empanadas.

Baked empanadas with fish and romesco sauce recipe

Shrimp skewers on a plate.

4. Shrimp in a Cava Bath

Cava is a Spanish sparkling white wine that’s made in a similar way to Champagne. Needless to say, it’s delicious, and when you throw shrimp into the mix you get a match made in heaven. Simply bathe some shrimp in Cava (or a dry sparkling white wine) for 30 minutes with some paprika and salt, then fry and serve.

Shrimp in a Cava bath recipe

Some tapas servings of blue cheese and cherry spread served on top of toasted bread.

5. Blue Cheese and Sherry Canapes

It doesn’t get any simpler than this blue cheese and sherry spread. There are only two essential ingredients required to make the spread, then you can serve it on or alongside toasted baguette slices or crackers, with an optional sprinkle of parsley for some color.

Blue cheese and sherry canapes recipe

A slice of tortilla is cut from a large freshly cooked tortilla.


Easy Tortilla (Spanish Omelet)

This is our fastest tortilla recipe and will probably remain that way since you can make it in 20-25 minutes. This is a budget-friendly, filling, tasty recipe, so a win-win for serving at parties. You can serve it cold or warm.

Easy Spanish omelet (tortilla) recipe

an earthenware dish sits on a blue wooden table and is filled with patatas bravas (golden friend potato pieces smothered with Spanish bravas sauce)

7. Spicy Patatas Bravas (Vegan)

Patatas bravas is one of the most famous tapas recipes from Spain. This is a vegan version that you can whip up in around 30 minutes, serve with toothpicks, and off you go.

Spicy patatas bravas recipe


a small bowl of paprika-infused pork bites sits beside a small glass of sherry

8. Paprika Pork Bites

These pork bites are another perfect party food to serve with toothpicks, making it easier for guests to mingle and easier for you to clean later! With plenty of flavor and just 10 minutes of prep time, you’ll wonder where these have been your whole life.

Paprika pork bites recipe


a tapas serving of marinated olives sits beside a glass of beer

9. Marinated Olives (Vegan)

Marinate some plain tinned olives with classic Spanish herbs and spices, a splash of vinegar and a few other select ingredients. You need around five minutes of prep time, then leave them for at least two hours and serve your now gourmet, homemade marinated olives. 

Marinated olives recipe


An earthenware dish sits filled with the classic tapas dish of Chorizo cooked in cider.

10. Chorizo Cooked in Cider

This little number is made in 20 minutes and you only need four ingredients but the result is beautiful, succulent chorizo bites that are always a party pleaser. This recipe is from the region of Asturias, which is famous for its dry apple cider.

Spanish chorizo cooked in cider


albondigas in a smoky sofrito sauce

11. Spanish Albóndigas (Meatballs)

Spanish meatballs are made with either minced beef, pork, or both. They are lightly fried and then simmered in a rich tomato-based sofrito sauce. They are utterly delicious and loaded with nutritious veg and spices, so a winner for the holiday season.

Spanish meatballs (albóndigas) recipe



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