Recipes, Appetizers & Snacks

Easy Last Minute Appetizers

These easy last-minute appetizers are sure to be crowdpleasers.

DIY Microwaveable Popcorn


  • 1 paper lunch bag
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) of popping corn kernels
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) of olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) of fleur de sel sea salt (I really like the Maldon brand)
  1. Place kernels in bag.
  2. Add olive oil to kernels. Shake. Seal bag with 2 folds. Microwave on high for 1:30 or until the popping stops. If a lot of popping is still happening at the 1:30 mark you can let it go a bit more until it stops.
  3. Be careful not to go too long or it will burn and create a horrible smell that lingers for hours! If this happens best to throw it away in an outdoor trash! Otherwise smell will linger even longer!

Citrus Herb Olives


  • 1 jar pitted kalamata olives
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • ¼ tsp (1.25Ml) Herbs de Provence (or dried rosemary or thyme)
  • 3 orange of lemon peels

Combine ingredients and pop in the microwave on high for :30. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve!

Candied Nuts


  • 1 lb (450g) of Pecans (or cashews, walnuts, pistachios, almonds)
  • 2 tbsp (30 g) butter
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) honey
  • 1 tbsp (11 g) of brown sugar
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt
  • ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) cayenne pepper

Place nuts in a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a microwavable bowl, combine all other ingredients and microwave for 30 seconds until everything is melted. Stir with a fork and pour over nuts. Mix nuts to coat well. Then transfer nuts to a baking sheet and arrange them into a single layer. Bake at 350F (175C) for 10 minutes. Transfer to serving bowl.

NOTE: These can be made ahead of time and stored at room temp. Then pop in oven at 300F (150C) for 5 minutes to re-warm!


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