We quite fancy these unexpected and exceptional little lovelies, which juxtapose sweet and salty, crisp and tender.
Soft pillows of different flavors–cauliflower and caviar, smoked salmon, and blue cheese and walnuts–are piped into spoons for these elegant bites.
Olives are stuffed with a spicy beef mixture and then simmered in harissa-spiked tomato sauce. How very ’60s.
Gravadlax, also known as gravlax, is thinly sliced salmon infused with dill. And there’s no better way to ensure it’s just how you like it than curing your own.
These crackers are filled with all kinds of cheesy goodness, dry mustard, and a hint of cayenne pepper for heat. Can you say addiction?
Shrimp paste is a classic southern treat. Small shrimp is blended with butter, shallots, and spices. Smear the shrimp paste on biscuits or toast points.
These tapenades–green-olive tapenade, black-olive tapenade, and sun-dried tomato tapenade–are a great nibble. Vibrant colors, equally vibrant flavors.
Hazelnut thyme matchsticks are thin, crisp crackers made with ground hazelnuts, cheese, and butter. The matchsticks are perfect with soup or as a snack.
These warm-from-the-oven cashews are bathed in buttery rosemary, cayenne, and brown sugar goodness. An ideal pre-dinner nosh.
Salmon mousse pinwheels are an elegant way to kick off a tea, cocktail party, or dinner. The pinwheels can be made ahead and sliced just before serving.
Spice-crusted cheese truffles are an ideal hors d’oeuvre. The truffles, a combo of cheddar and cream cheese, are rolled then tossed in a chile powder.
These savory shortbreads are seasoned with thyme, lemon, and a sprinkling of sea salt. Serve the shortbreads as a snack or as an hors d’oeuvre with wine.
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