Skip the fussy appetizers this holiday season and serve up one of these exceptionally easy nut mixes that can either be made ahead of time or whipped up in a flash before guests arrive. For a truly impressive yet quick-to-assemble spread, pair nuts with cheese, crostini, olives, and cured meats, or any combination of the above.
Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds
Employing butternut squash in your holiday menu? Make use of leftover seeds (they're a solid stand-in for pumpkin) or jazz up store-bought pepitas with a sweet, spicy, and buttery coating, or a deeply savory soy sauce glaze.
Pair smoky-spicy almonds  with a rich and creamy cheese, like Vacherin Mont d'Or  or Camembert, that can stand up to their intense flavor.
Tiki Snack Mix
Shrug off chilly weather with this tropical peanut and cashew mix , whose flavor is further enhanced with sweet and chewy dried pineapple and meaty chunks of bacon.
Superspicy not your thing? Serve up this rosemary-flecked roasted nut mix  that won't overwhelm capsaicin-sensitive palates.
Za'atar Spiced Almonds
For a superb salty-sweet pairing, serve za'atar spiced almonds  with dried figs or crostini spread with fig jam.
Zesty Spiced Pecans
A variety of flavors (cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, and orange zest, to name a few) converge in the coating of these zesty pecans , creating a nibble far tastier than the sum of its parts.
Not hosting the holidays this year? Bring a package of these paprika-spiced cashews , and instantly become the hostess's favorite guest.