Like traditional Spanish croquetas, at the heart of these little balls of substantial flavour is a thick and rich béchamel sauce. Load in chunks of chorizo and grated manchego, cover in bread crumbs and fry and you have a heavenly snack that begs a good garlic dip.

This evening, a light dinner was in order and this party snack recipe by Diana Henry worked well when it came to delivering a platter to pick from. Just a few croquetas each left us feeling full meaning there were plenty leftover for lunches.