30 Snacks & Starters, Appetizers & Nibbles from 2009

The Kitchn's Best Recipes of 2009

The beginning of a meal is often our favorite part. We have so many recipes and good ideas for starters, snacks, and little nibbles in our 2009 archives. There are bacon-wrapped potato bites and chicken nuggets, cheese-stuffed dates and peppers, a creative and beautiful Mediterranean platter, homemade beef jerky, cheese straws, tomato jam, gluten-free chickpea pancake, and much, much more.

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Pickles & Vegetables
Ortine's Mediterranean Platter, with Spiced Roasted Nuts, Five Bean Salad, Hummus, Oven Toasted Flatbread and Curry Pickled Eggplant
Lorrie Mae's Amazing Marinated Vegetables
Veggies Stored In Dip
Kale Chips
The Modern Relish Tray

Spreads and Dips
Pink Pepper Goat Cheese Spread & Olives
Fava Bean Dip with Roasted Garlic and Yogurt
Red Pepper Relish
Oven-Roasted Tomato Jam
Quick Feta and Olive Spread

Cheese Nibbles
Peppadews and Goat Cheese
Tomato and Mozzarella Skewers with Basil Oil
Bacon Pops! Goat Cheese Pops with Herbs, Pecans, & Bacon
Vicky Bhogal's Foil-Baked Feta
Radish, Boursin, and Chive Tartines

Snacks and Bites
Pretzel Bites
Homemade Potato Chips with Rosemary
Crispy, Chewy, Gluten-Free: Socca (Chickpea Pancake)
Edna Lewis' Old-Fashioned Cheese Straws
Homemade Beef (or Turkey or Fish) Jerky

Sweet Starters
Stuffed Figs with Honey-Balsamic Syrup
How To Make Candied Salted Bacon
Fig Salami
Milk and Honey Peanut Butter Balls
Crunchy Granola Bars

Party Snacks That Double As Dinner
Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce
S.T.'s Tex-Mex Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Nuggets
Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
Spicy Meat-Filled Phyllo Cigars
Anchovies with Breadcrumbs & Scallions

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Welcome to The Kitchn's end-of-year roundup! We are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the last year, including lots of recipes. We are also shaking out our reader mailbag, and giving you a few more great guest posts from our friends.

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