- Smoked Spanish paprika. We bought ours at Penzeys. We think it makes everything taste like bacon...mmm.
- Melted butter, brown sugar, fresh rosemary, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. We got this idea from Ina Garten, who took it from the Union Square Cafe in New York. Get the recipe here.
- Cumin, lemon zest, and a small bit of olive oil.
You could also try our recipe for Sweet and Salty Cinnamon Almonds or Spicy Oven-Roasted Chickpeas (which serve the same finger food purpose). We scatter nuts in small, pretty bowls around the living room during a party and often make them the main snack for small groups. They're filling, crowd-pleasing, and easy to eat while you're holding a drink. If you have leftovers, pulse them in a food processor and use them as a nutty coating for fish or chicken. (Photo: Elizabeth Passarella)