POPSUGAR Celebrity

Spiced Nut Mixes to Please Any Palate

Dec 23 2013 - 12:12pm

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.

Smoky-Spicy Almonds

Pair smoky-spicy almonds [1] with a rich and creamy cheese, like Vacherin Mont d'Or [2] or Camembert, that can stand up to their intense flavor.

Tiki Snack Mix

Shrug off chilly weather with this tropical peanut and cashew mix [3], whose flavor is further enhanced with sweet and chewy dried pineapple and meaty chunks of bacon.

Rosemary Pecans

Superspicy not your thing? Serve up this rosemary-flecked roasted nut mix [4] that won't overwhelm capsaicin-sensitive palates.

Za'atar Spiced Almonds

For a superb salty-sweet pairing, serve za'atar spiced almonds [5] 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 [6], creating a nibble far tastier than the sum of its parts.

Smoky Cashews

Not hosting the holidays this year? Bring a package of these paprika-spiced cashews [7], and instantly become the hostess's favorite guest.

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