What to CookEntertainingSnacksAppetizers

A Party-Appropriate Appetizer Care of Your Half-Eaten Bags of Snacks

11 Save

If you like it, save it!

Save and organize all of the stuff you love in one place.

Got it!

If you like something…

Click the heart, it's called favoriting. Favorite the stuff you like.

Got it!

My guests do not need an antipasto platter or a mezze spread. Sure, they'd love one, but I also want them to be hungry enough to love dinner.

So I go for the kind of appetizer that's entertaining enough to stand alone, that says, "Dinner is worth waiting for," but also, "I love you enough to give you more than a bowl of raw almonds."

Advertisement
Nancy Silverton's Small, Smart Steps Turn a Basic Appetizer Into Jewels

Nancy Silverton's Small, Smart Steps Turn a Basic Appetiz... by Ali Slagle

+
Jacques Pépin’s Genius, Very-Last-Minute Appetizer—Two Ways

Jacques Pépin’s Genius, Very-Last-Minute Appetizer—Two Ways by Kristen Miglore

+

Nancy Silverton's garlicky marinated olives are one of my stand-alone snacks—as is Fromage Fort.

But this snack mix is the newest addition to the rotation. (It's perhaps perfect for your Oscars party. Just an idea.) It's salty and sweet and spicy enough to land on the right part of the snack scale: where munching evolves (devolves?) to shoveling rapidly.

Hot Honey-Sesame Snacky Mix
Hot Honey-Sesame Snacky Mix

Pretzels, sesame sticks, coconut chips, and peanuts are made even crunchier with a sesame seed coating. When the mix is in the oven and still tacky, you'll stir it around every 15 minutes and shower it with a coat of seeds every time. When the mix comes out of the oven, it's craggy and alluring, but a little sticky, too—that's the soy sauce and hot honey, which you can make yourself or buy here in our Shop.

Advertisement

To make sure it's not too gloppy, give the mix lots of space on the baking sheets; you'll likely need to use three. This recipe makes a lot of snack, but keep extras around in a jar—like we have on the editorial table right now. Or we did have the other day. Hmm, wonder where it went.

8c068f90 553f 47f0 9166 5633122734d4  2017 0131 hot honey soy snack mix james ransom 197

Hot Honey-Sesame Snacky Mix

E75016e9 47b6 4c16 9726 60e0e83283ba  22073 1321490391675 6875987 n Ali Slagle
37 Save
Makes 12 cups
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup hot honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cups pretzels of any small variety (crisps, rods, twists)
  • 4 cups sesame sticks
  • 2 cups unsalted, roasted peanuts
  • 2 cups coconut shards/chips (not shredded)
  • Sesame seeds, for coating
Go to Recipe

Tell us: What's your go-to appetizer?