recipes for: Snacks
If you can get your hands on fresh wild ramps, homemade ramp pesto is an absolute must! It's got a vibrant garlic and spring onion flavor that pairs well with Pecorino Romano cheese and nutty walnuts. Add basil and lemon for freshness (and to cut back on the garlic flavor). Mix into pasta or serve with your favorite grilled proteins and roasted vegetables. Freezer-friendly!
Would I rather win the lottery or stumble upon ramps at the farmer's market? Ramps, obviously! With a short season of just 3 weeks per year, make the most of any wild leeks you find by making quick pickled ramps. Their spring onion and garlicky flavor is the perfect addition to many savory dishes, while the remaining brine can be used in salad dressings. Quick, easy, and so flavorful!
This is hands down the BEST California club sandwich you will ever make! Toasted bread is slathered with a creamy homemade tarragon aioli (this makes the sandwich!). Top with crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, avocado, arugula, and thinly sliced turkey or chicken. Our favorite lunch sandwich!
Take a pot of creamy corn grits, then turn it into something new: crispy polenta fries! Mix in lots of grated Parmesan cheese, creamy mascarpone, and whatever fresh herbs you've got on hand. Once cool, cut into sticks, then cook until crispy and golden around the edges. We love serving polenta fries with marinara sauce, but these would also be fantastic with homemade aioli! A side dish the whole family loves!
Simple crispy baked sweet potato fries are an easy, flavorful side dish! Toss thinly cut sweet potatoes with olive oil, then season with oregano, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook until crispy, tossing once, then serve with a quick homemade chipotle aioli! Makes 4 servings.
Hands down, the best green olive tapenade you will ever make! Blend green olives with capers, anchovies, fresh herbs, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor. The whole thing takes 5 minutes or less! We love serving this on toasted baguette, but alongside crudité and crackers would be amazing too! An irresistible starter to any meal.
If you've never made your own hazelnut butter, that stops today! This quick, simple treat can be made with 3 simple ingredients, and takes about 5 minutes. Instructions included for turning this into an easy homemade nutella. You're going to add this to everything!
In less than 5 minutes, you can learn how to roast hazelnuts like a pro! Simply cook on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10-15 minutes, then use a kitchen towel to help rub away the skins. The roasted hazelnuts can be stored and kept in a pantry or freezer. Even better? Use them to make hazelnut butter!
Creamy, crunchy, tangy, and addictive! That's what you'll get with fried goat cheese balls. They fry up in 20 seconds flat (work in small batches!), then get generously drizzled with truffle honey and crushed pistachios. You will make these every time you entertain, they are seriously that good.