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Pan con Tomate (Spanish-style Toast with Tomato)

After toasting olive oil-brushed baguette slices under the broiler, I rub the crisp bread with fresh garlic, then spoon on a mixture of tomato and serrano chile that were grated on a box grater. A drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt are nice finishing touches for this simple Spanish tapas dish. More

Roasted Mushrooms with Rosemary and Garlic

Meaty cremini mushrooms are tossed in a simple dressing of red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, minced garlic, and chopped rosemary, then placed into a hot oven until tender. As they roast, the spongy mushrooms not only absorb the sharp and herbaceous flavors of the dressing, but their own meaty mushroom flavor intensifies as well. More

Chili Lime Jicama Sticks

After being tossed in a mixture of lime juice, red pepper flakes, and chopped cilantro, the jicama sticks can then be seasoned with sea salt and pepper, and then dusted with some chili powder. Salty and sour, with a little bit of heat, these jicama sticks are a crisp and refreshing alternative for heavier drink-time appetizers. More

Anchovy, Red Pepper, and Manchego Pintxos

Anchovy fillets, roasted red peppers, and Manchego cheese are spiked onto a garlic-rubbed baguette round and quickly toasted under the broiler. A drizzle of sherry vinegar right before serving provides some sharp acidity to cut through the saltiness of the anchovy, and nuttiness of the cheese. Salty, tangy, and crisp, these pintxos are great pre-cursors to a glass of wine or beer. More

Kimchi Frito Pie

A quick sauté or stir-fry of ginger, garlic, beef, and chopped kimchi goes remarkably well when poured atop a pile of Fritos. While some may see this version of Frito Pie as sacrilege, I see it as a nice change of pace for your Super Bowl party. More

Barbecue Sweet Potato Chips

When fried in hot oil, the sweetness in sweet potatoes concentrates and results in a tastier chip than regular russets, in my opinion. As for the barbecue flavor, a sprinkling of salt, cayenne, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and sweet paprika make for a great barbecue combination that won't overpower or mask the sweetness of the crisp, fried sweet potatoes. More

Stir-fried Garlic and Sriracha Shrimp

Although peeled and deveined shrimp would benefit greatly from the simple, but lively glaze of garlic, sugar, lime, and sriracha, this recipe utilizes head-on shrimp which lends a more robust shrimp flavor to the finished dish—just rip off the shrimp heads, slurp out the richness from within, then plop the succulent shrimp bodies into your mouth. The glaze is a little bit sweet, plenty spicy, and will have you licking your fingers before washing everything down with a cold beer. More

Chicken-Fried Steak Nuggets with Beer and Bourbon Gravy

With these chicken-fried steak nuggets, you still satisfy your chicken-fried cravings, but without all the fuss or worry of what you'll be eating alongside the battered steak. Instead, just crack open a beer and enjoy everything you love about chicken-fried steak (the crispy and tender meat, and the creamy gravy)—but in nugget form. More

Baked Sweet and Spicy Ginger Wings

Along with fresh minced ginger, the ginger beer in this recipe adds a nice ginger spice to the sauce, as well as sweetness to help round out the heat from a single habanero chili pepper. The resultant dish is a great balance of sweet and spicy that provides a nice change of pace from standard Buffalo wings. More

Garlic and Rosemary Lamb Chops with Honey Cider Glaze

Because of their dainty size, lamb chops make for a great finger food to serve alongside a beer or glass of wine. Each chop provides a succulent two or three-bite serving of lamb—and on top of that, the rib bone makes for a convenient built-in handle. Although corn dogs, kebabs, and satays all make for great bar bites in their own right, there is no other meat-on-a-stick option more elegant than a lamb rib chop. More

Crispy Deep-Fried Chicken Livers

A quick flash in hot oil not only renders a crispy shell around the organ meat, but the livers are cooked just enough to yield a tender, slightly pink, creamy interior. Dipped in hot sauce, these crunchy and earthy livers are like a more flavorful and exciting version of chicken nuggets. More

Devils on Horseback

An English pub snack is re-imagined with Mexican ingredients: Devils on Horseback become Diablos a Caballo. A great snack for Halloween, or Dia de Los Muertos, or anytime a boozy beverage is in hand. More

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