{Recipes} Party Snacks

I love food. LOVE it. I like eating it. I like cooking it. I like reading about it. I even like watching shows about it. So, when it came to my birthday party I wanted good food that could be made quickly or ahead of time. I created a simple menu that anyone could work with for a party. I don’t like serving alcohol at a party without plenty of food. I started the entire party with some snacks laid out throughout the party space.
Beet Chips
 I altered a recipe from A Full Measure of Happiness and tried my best to make these work. They weren’t the easiest things to make completely right. But, I was able to make them a a day or two in advance. I stored them in an airtight container and they stayed crisp and fresh.Ingredients:
4 Beets peeled and thinly sliced (I used a mandoline)  
olive oil (if you have the kind infused with garlic then totally use it!)
sea salt 
Directions:
1. Toss the thinly sliced beets with the olive oil and a little sea salt— Use only a little bit of olive oil. They just need to be lightly coated. Also, only a very small amount of sea salt, they will shrink as they cook and you can always add more in the end.
2. Place in a single layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place in an oven at 300 degrees. This takes a while—It took me around 1 and a half hours. 
3. Stir the beets on the cookie sheet every now and again while cooking. If there are smaller chips and larger chips then the smaller chips may end up cooking faster. Just remove those when done and continue cooking the larger ones until they are crisp.  

Kale Chips

Ingredients:
Washed Kale and chop into chip sized peices
olive oil (if you have the kind infused with garlic then totally use it!)

sea salt 
Directions:
1. Toss the kale with the olive oil and a little sea salt— Use only a little bit of olive oil. They just need to be lightly coated. Also, only a very small amount of sea salt, you can always add more in the end.
2. Place in a single layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place in an oven at 300 degrees. This takes a bit. Mine took 30 minutes to one hour.
3. Stir the kale on the cookie sheet every now and again while cooking. If there are smaller chips and larger chips then the smaller chips may end up cooking faster. Just remove those when done and continue cooking the larger ones until they are crisp.

Spiced Almonds
I used the exact recipe from Martha Stewart for the spiced almonds….so, I won’t post the recipe as I didn’t alter anything to make it my own. They turned out delicious though, so I’d highly recommend checking out Martha’s recipe!
Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips
There is no sense in making EVERYTHING for a party when there are such amazing selections out there to be purchased and served. I bought the Kettle Brand Sea Salt & Vinegar Chips. Yum.more recipes are coming at you soon!

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