Recipes, Appetizers & Snacks

Easy Last Minute Appetizers

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

DIY Microwaveable Popcorn

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SERVINGS

4-6

INGREDIENTS
  • 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)
DIRECTIONS
  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

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SERVINGS

4-6

INGREDIENTS
  • 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
DIRECTIONS

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

Candied Nuts

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SERVINGS

4-6

INGREDIENTS
  • 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
DIRECTIONS

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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