On a chilly evening, when guests come to call, something warm is in order. Here are three easy, classic starters which are terrific with cocktails, wine or champagne, and perfect for bringing in the new year. All three can be “prepped” hours (or a day) in advanced and just need a little time in the oven to be splendidly delicious.
Walnuts (or any nuts) warm from the oven and tossed in something spicy and salty are always satisfying and go so well with cocktails — and especially with champagne.
When serving champagne, I like to move a bottle from the refrigerator to the freezer about 10 minutes before serving to give it an extra crisp chill.
I consider these warm seasoned nuts to be splendid because I can prepare the ingredients in about 10 minutes. While I run off to get ready, these components wait next to my oven (with a sticky note reminding me of the temperature and time they need to be baked), just waiting to be called into action. Minutes before guests are to arrive, I toast and toss.
|Spicy party walnuts|
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