Say hello to the holiday spread! Christmas happy hours and New Year's drinks means plenty of small bites to be had. That usually means "gazpacho shooters" and towering mounds of perfecty cubed cheese and impeccably sourced jamons. Oh and don't forget the organic jams, jellies, and spreads to go with those artisanal breads. And while we love all of that (we do, invite us over again!), this holiday season we're nostalgic for some old school bites. They aren't pretty or sophisticated but they are delicious.
Remember when you every fiesta involved busting open a round tin of guava paste, dicing it up, and... that's it? Absurdly sweet, stick, and oh-so-good guava cubes were a party staple. Served skewered on toothpicks or with a slice of cheese, a platter of these was all you needed to make you the most popular host in the hood. Click here for a bonus video on how to make our easy guava paste and cheese apps!
Are Ritz Crackers whole grain? Who cares?! Back in the day, every par-tay involved multiple sleeves of crackers, dramatically arranged (always half moon) on a plate. Sometimes they were topped with regular ol' cheddar cheese or salami or the aforementioned guava cubes. Sometimes they were just there. Cause it wasn't a party without them.
There is nothing either attractive or healthy about sorullitos, a type of cornmeal and cheese hushpuppy. But during the holidays our fridges will full of trays of them, waiting for their chance on the party table, hopefully next to the MayoKetchup.
When did Jell-O molds get a bad rep? Sure they're kinda blob-like and immature but they're so fun! And inside there were so many surprises: fresh pina, marshmallows, cocktail bar cherries. Plus, they're so jiggly!
Ok, so pigs in a blanket are no stranger to the appetizer game. But they're always presented ironically and kitschy. We say, present them proudly! They're delicious crowd pleasers. And go great with that MayoKetchup.