It comes as no surprise to those who know me, that I love me some Pinterest! The concept (IMOHO) is genius! An on-line idea board that stays organized!! Yes please! I must say, you really can have a board on any interest you have…and I mean any!
Some of my favorite boards are my food boards (shocking, I know!). I have one called ‘recipe related’, which is basically anything that I think looks yummy and would love to try, but there are quite a few on there, so it will take some time to get to. My board titled, “Make this week”, are recipes that I actually do try, or at the very least are in my lineup. The one I go to quite a bit during the holidays is my trusty “Something to Nibble” board, of which I keep recipes that I can bring to parties. Not at all surprisingly, it’s pretty bacon recipe heavy LOL!
I’m not gonna lie, not all of the recipes I’ve made from Pinterest are winners. Some of them are big disappointments, made even worse with titles like, “BEST EVER CHICKEN”…ummm, NOPE! “To die for pumpkin muffins”…”I’m dyin’, ‘cause they be so dry!” But some are absolute winners (yes sometimes with a tweak here and there), but with the holidays around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favorites cocktail nibbles with you!
Sweet and Salty Bacon and Nuts
* Sweet, salty and BACON? ‘Nuff said! There is also a video on the food network of Giada making this that kind of helps to watch it first.
Roasted Spiced Chickpeas
** The trick to getting these perfectly crisp every time is to dry them really well! You could even leave them out overnight in a colander with a damp cloth over them before preparing.
Bacon Wrapped Dates
* An oldie but a goodie! There are NEVER any left on my platter. I’ve also replaced the almonds with herbed goat cheese from Trader Joe’s and those were a huge hit!
Jalapeno Popper Bites
* You can doctor these bad boys up a million different ways! One of my favorites ways to make them is with candied bacon (bacon I bake in the oven with a touch of cayenne and brown sugar).
Restaurant Style Salsa
* You can really tweak this to your liking. I like mine heavy on the cilantro and lime, and I always add a touch more sugar than it asks for. UH-mazing!!! Not gonna lie, your breath might be a touch ‘sharp’ after this one, so make sure your sweetie is eating some too ;o)