A Snack-Heavy Gathering: 10 Simple, Satisfying Recipes

We had a housewarming party last weekend, and decided to start the party at 8 p.m. Lots of drinks were on the menu, and you know what happens when folks stay late and drink: they want to eat. So while we weren't serving dinner, we knew we'd need to have a bunch of heavier snacks to sustain everyone through the night. Surprisingly, we had far more fun planning the food for this snack-heavy party than we have with many of our smaller dinner parties. I think the main reason for this is that everyone loves snacks: they don't have to go with one another, and they invite sampling and trying a little bit of everything. Below are a few snack-worthy recipes; the top five on the list are what we served at our gathering, and the remaining five are recipes we're excited to try for the next one. Happy snacking to you all!

Grab a Snack:
Union Square Cafe Nuts Recipe - ABC News
Parmesan Black-Pepper Biscotti - Epicurious
Homemade Cheez-Its - Ready Made Magazine
Baba Ganoush - David Lebovitz
Fig and Olive Tapenade - Food 52
Classic Pimento Cheese Recipe - The Homesick Texan
Buffalo-Style Celery Sticks - Martha Stewart
Sweet Curry Brown Sugar Popcorn - Love and Lemons
Bite-Sized Baked Brie - Joy the Baker
Apple, Fennel and Cheddar Cheese Straws - Fine Cooking

Related: Quick Entertaining: Winning Drink and Snack Combinations

(Images: Martha Stewart, Love and Lemons, Joy the Baker)

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