If you start with olives or almond butter, you’re already well on your way to making a delicious holiday appetizer. We’ve taken it one step further and developed 5 super-easy recipes so you can spend less time cooking, and more time enjoying family and friends. Everything you need is right here — just be sure to grab a cash back offer from Ibotta before you head to the store!
1. Almond Butter Cranberry Sauce and Manchego Cheese Crostini
Ahh, the holiday sweetness of cranberries alongside the savory bite of Manchego cheese... But the secret yum-weapon in this recipe is the smooth, creamy, and just-right sweetness of our Honey Cinnamon Almond Butter. It's just mouthwatering on so many levels. And did we mention it's superbly easy to prep?
We love when appetizers look fancy and hard to make, but are actually super fun and super easy. Take these delicious pinwheels, for instance. Your food processor will do most of the work — you'll just add the ingredients, including our plump and flavorful Black Ripe olives. Then roll the puff pastry, garnish the plate and serve to smiling guests.
3. Mini Chicken Meatballs with Almond Butter Sauce
Warm and savory appetizers go a long way toward setting a cozy tone for holiday gatherings. These bite-sized meatballs explode with delicious flavor thanks to our Classic Creamy Almond Butter combined with garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes. Plus, they’re keto, gluten free and dairy free for your holiday guests with dietary restrictions.
List out the recipe steps you can do earlier in the week. Toasting nuts? Monday! Grating cheese? Tuesday! Chopping veggies? Wednesday!
When deciding on your meal plan, make sure not all of your recipes need to go in the oven at the same time. We’ve made this mistake more than once...
Get your knives professionally sharpened before the holidays. It makes all the chopping and dicing way easier.
Make your mashed potatoes in advance, then use a slow cooker to warm them up. Just add a little cream and butter to keep them moist.
4. Keto Baked Feta and Olives
Appetizers rarely get any easier than this — especially when they taste and look so good. Our Naturals Green and Black Ripe Olives create a savory combination with the feta cheese, and a quick drizzle of olive oil adds a buttery smoothness that brings it all together. Thyme sprigs give the dish a subtle holiday aroma and an elegant look.
A picture perfect holiday appetizer, these colorful crostini will brighten up any table. Best of all, they come together in just a few short minutes. Our classic Black Ripe Olives take center stage in this incredibly easy-to-prep and super-flavorful dish. The softness of the ricotta cheese, plumpness of the olives and crispness of the toasted baguette work together to make a simply perfect bite.