Nobody is going to blame you if your holiday party spread includes a bowl of mixed nuts, some grapes and a wedge or two of cheese. After all, most people enjoy them and are willing to nibble mindlessly on them. But it is easier than you think to elevate your feast by bolstering those tired party snack cliches with a few more creative offerings.
Tater Tots have come a long way from your school lunch tray.
Whether you’re having a quiet night in with family or a larger gathering with friends, holiday celebrations often call for a cocktail — sometimes simply to help you deal with those friends and family! So we’ve got you covered with a trio of easy but delicious cocktails that won’t tax your time or budget.
Here are some recipes to try that feature sea salt:
Sea Salt and Caramel Brownies
The sweet caramel in these moist, fudgy brownies is beautifully offset by a sprinkling of sea salt.
175 ml (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
60 g (2 oz) unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
500 ml (2 cups) granulated sugar
3 large eggs
7 ml (1 1/2 tsp) vanilla extract
250 ml (1 cup) all-purpose flour
If you’re looking for some cold weather comfort food, you might want to consider the knish.
In “J.K.: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook,” chef Jamie Kennedy relates the milestones of his journey with food and takes the home cook through the seasons, with recipes celebrating local ingredients. Here are three to try from his third cookbook.
Smoked Whitefish Canape
You may not lay a finger on anyone’s Butterfinger, but you will want to grab a plateful of this Butterfinger-inspired holiday bark. Like the candy bar, this sweet treat is jammed with peanut butter, has a satisfyingly crunchy-flaky bite and — of course — sports plenty of chocolate. But to keep your enamel intact, we made it slightly less sweet and a little more grown up.
So how do you eat a Twix bar? Do you use your teeth to scrape all of the chocolate-caramel topping off, then go back and eat the naked crunchy cookie? Do you nibble first some chocolate-caramel, then some cookie, then back to chocolate-caramel, and so on? Or do you wholesale devour it, cookie, caramel and chocolate all at once?
This cookie was all about packing an outrageous number of peanuts into one small, but so-very-delicious package. Inspired by the NutRageous bar, these drop cookies combine peanut butter, whole peanuts, chocolate and caramel into salty-sweet morsels you will find dangerously addictive.
CARAMEL PEANUT BUTTER ROCKS
Start to finish: 30 minutes
Makes 3 dozen
1 cup smooth peanut butter
Zagnut candy bars are like a crumbly, coconutty Butterfinger, minus the chocolate. These cookies play off that crisp coconut texture, combining both coconut flour (often found with the gluten-free products) and shredded unsweetened coconut. You also can make your own coconut flour by pulsing unsweetened shredded coconut in a food processor until finely ground.