Easy Ways to Step Up Your Snacks

HGTV Magazine shares how to impress your guests with three simple recipes and some snazzy dishware to serve them in.
Snacks

Snacks

Step up traditional snacks like carrots, chips and nuts for your next party

Photo by: Emily Kate Roemer/Studio D (Styling by Carrie Purcell)

Emily Kate Roemer/Studio D (Styling by Carrie Purcell)

By: Carrie Purcell
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Chips With Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Chips With Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Colorwave 14 3/4"-diameter stoneware chip and dip in raspberry, $60, noritakechina.com

Photo by: Emily Kate Roemer/Studio D (Styled by Carrie Purcell)

Emily Kate Roemer/Studio D (Styled by Carrie Purcell)

Colorwave 14 3/4"-diameter stoneware chip and dip in raspberry, $60, noritakechina.com

Recipe: Black Bean & Corn Salsa
Makes about 3 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup canned corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeño pepper
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 cup diced avocado

Step 1

Combine all the ingredients except the avocado in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 3 hours to let the flavors develop.

Step 2

Mix in the avocado just before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

Turn Nuts Into a Zesty Snack Mix

Party Mix in Green Bowl

Party Mix in Green Bowl

Embossed 4 1/2"-diameter porcelain bowl in green, $6, nowdesigns.net for stores

Photo by: Emily Kate Roemer/Studio D (Styling by Carrie Purcell)

Emily Kate Roemer/Studio D (Styling by Carrie Purcell)

Embossed 4 1/2"-diameter porcelain bowl in green, $6, nowdesigns.net for stores

Recipe: "Everything Bagel"–Flavored Party Mix
Makes about 3 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup thin pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2

Gently toss together the pretzel sticks, Cheerios, almonds, cashews, and peanuts in a large bowl. Add in the butter, dried onion, sesame seeds, salt, poppy seeds, and garlic powder. Stir to evenly coat.

Step 3

Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Let cool completely before serving.

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Veggies With Roasted Red Pepepr Hummus

Veggies With Roasted Red Pepepr Hummus

Kate Spade New York Charlotte Street 5 3/4"-diameter porcelain bowl in navy east, $20, and 7 1/2" x 13 1/2" porcelain platter, $75, both bloomingdales.com

Photo by: David Lawrence/Studio D (Styling by Maggie Ruggiero)

David Lawrence/Studio D (Styling by Maggie Ruggiero)

Kate Spade New York Charlotte Street 5 3/4"-diameter porcelain bowl in navy east, $20, and 7 1/2" x 13 1/2" porcelain platter, $75, both bloomingdales.com

Recipe: Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Makes about 2 cups

  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 8-ounce jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and coarsely chopped, 1 tablespoon reserved for serving

Step 1

Combine all ingredients except olive oil and reserved roasted red peppers in a blender or food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. With blender or food processor running, add olive oil in a slow, steady stream and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.

Step 2

Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with the reserved roasted red peppers. Serve with assorted vegetables.

Don't Forget the Napkins

Fun Cocktail Napkins

Fun Cocktail Napkins

Try these instead of plain white paper napkins

Photo by: Courtesy of the manufacturers

Courtesy of the manufacturers

Clockwise from top left: Rive Gauche cocktail napkins in moss green, $5 for a set of 20, casparionline.com; Soft Watercolors beverage napkins, $2 for a set of 16, partycity.com; Al Fresco cocktail napkins, $5 for a set of 20, paperstyle.com; Poppin Flowers beverage napkins, $2 for a set of 16, partycity.com

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