Expected to bring an appetizer for a New Years party? Or maybe you're having a pot luck at work soon and you're really not up to cooking any kind of fancy shmancy thing.
These easy recipes are definitely an upgrade from your local Costco appetizers because they're fresh AND you'll look super cool to all the girls at the party coz you "made 'em myself." ;)
Traditionally considered a sweet cookie base, shortbread takes a new turn in this recipe. Seasoned with savory herbs, flakes of sea salt, and crunchy, coarse sugar, this is one twisted cookie you can't ignore.
Total Time: 30 minutes
1 stalk fresh rosemary
1 stalk fresh thyme
1 stick unsalted butter (room temp, but not too soft)
1 cup flour
1/2 tbps sea salt
1 1/2 tbsp coarse sugar (like raw, or Demerara)
+Tear the herbs into smaller pieces over the bowl, pressing them with your fingers (this helps release the oils)
+Chop butter into the bowl, and incorporate it into the flour mixture with your hands, using a crumbling gesture with your fingers. You can also use a pastry cutter if you have one.
Remove from oven and slice while it's still hot (it will get crumbly if you wait).
Let cool & Enjoy.
You love salted nuts. You love sweetened nuts. You got tired of choosing.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4 cups raw almonds
1 tbsp olive/vegetable oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp cinammon
1/2 tbsp fine salt
+Pour almonds into a bowl with olive oil.
+Stir until nuts are well coated.
+Spread almonds evenly onto a baking pan.
+Pop 'em in the oven for 15-20 minutes (rotate and redistribute halfway through), until they're dark and fragrant.
Nothing says retro like a cheese ball on a toothpick. Like a savory truffle, you can roll them in anything from crushed pretzels to fresh basil to straight-up cayenne pepper.
Total time: 10 minutes (seriously)
1 4 oz package goat cheese (makes 7 balls)
A splash of olive oil
Topping recommendations: fresh herbs, pistaschios, raisins, bacon (!), or our pick, toasted sesame seeds.
+Pull about a tablespoon's worth of cheese out, and roll into a ball between your hands.
Note: if the cheese is too soft to hold it's shape, pop the balls into the freezer for a few minutes.