Dips & Sides

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Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts

Rating: 5 stars 416
Mixed nuts coated in a spicy sugar syrup, then oven-roasted until crunchy.

Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Rating: 4.5 stars 596
This authentic salsa verde has a fabulous flavor with a little extra zip!

Salsa De Tomatillo

Rating: 4.5 stars 174
This is the 'salsa de tomatillo' that I grew up with. It can be used as a sauce for grilled chicken, fish or shrimp, as the basis for green chilaquiles (pour over tortilla chips, shredded cooked chicken and shredded Monterey Jack, then heat under the broiler), and as a dipping sauce for chips. Delicioso!

Cinnamon-Roasted Almonds

Rating: 4.5 stars 752
Sweet, crunchy whole almonds baked with cinnamon sugar are a tasty snack.
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Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa

Rating: 5 stars 1092
Looking for a refreshing salsa for a warm summer evening? This is our favorite. Serve with tortilla chips. This is also fantastic served on white fish. I often use a canned jalapeno instead of fresh.
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Herbed Cheese Puffs

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
Filled with a savory cheese and herb mixture, these puffy biscuits are simple, delicious and make a great party appetizer. I have made these for years and they are always a hit!

Cheese Puffs (Gougeres)

Rating: 4 stars 36
Light, airy, cheese puffs are a versatile addition to a meal or appetizer plate. Tiny, they're like soup nuts. Larger, they pair well with beer or wine. Even bigger, they can be split and filled with ham, chicken, tuna salad, or even more cheese! These are easier to make than the recipe sounds, yet the result looks impressive enough that you can tell your friends you slaved over them.

Fig Brulee with Burrata Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
These were amazing with the fresh, creamy burrata, but any style cheese plate would benefit mightily from the shiny, sexy fruit. If cheese isn't your thing, go grab a pint of vanilla ice cream, forget all about that sweet-savory thing, and just go full-dessert.
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Mini Mushroom and Goat Cheese Tarts

Rating: 4.5 stars 35
This is a great little entree or appetizer. Ideal for a romantic meal for two!

Chef John's Party Cheese Puffs

Rating: 4 stars 52
These beautiful cheese puffs, gougeres, are as easy as they are delicious. Usually Gruyere cheese is used but I had some very sharp farmhouse Cheddar cheese in the fridge, so I decided to use that. As long as you are using a very sharp, full-flavored cheese I don't think you can go wrong. I love gougeres with Gruyere, but I think the extra-sharp Cheddar was just as good.

Parmesan Puffs

Rating: 3.5 stars 151
These are good, very cheesy rolls that are delicious as a warm appetizer. My boyfriend and I make them about 2 to 4 times a month. We love them. I recommend doubling the recipe if serving more than 2 or 3 people.

Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)

Rating: 4.5 stars 372
Deliciously tender grilled corn topped with mayo and Mexican cotija cheese.
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