Whether you'll be having company over to watch the Oscar's or just a regular gathering of friends, a Middle Eastern themed party is great fun. The cuisine is meant to be shared by a group anyway and the recipes are full of flavor and healthy fresh ingredients.
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Fig, Bourbon and Thyme Cocktail
Every good party needs a good round of cocktails. Although bourbon may seem a strong choice, it actually holds up perfectly to the addition of fruits and mixers. If fresh figs aren't in season, a bit of store bought fig jam fills in nicely. Make a big pitcher ahead of time and then just shake off what you need as guests arrive. Get the recipe here.
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Honey Spiced Nuts
Great bartenders know that cocktails should be served with some nuts on the side. Bars do it to sell more drinks but we do it because they're delicious together. These slightly sweet and slightly spicy nuts go perfectly with the sweet and strong bourbon cocktail! Get the recipe here.
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Crunchy Roasted Cumin Chickpeas
If nuts aren't your thing or you're looking for an even healthier option, these chickpeas are a great crunchy treat, packed with protein and fiber and, most importantly, flavor! Get the recipe here.
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Kalamata Olive Hummus
A party? There must be dip. No store bought onion powder packets needed when you can make healthy and delicious hummus. Add some zing with kalamata olives and your guests will devour it. Get the recipe here.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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White Bean Hummus
If bean dips are your thing, make this white bean hummus variation and get the best of both worlds! Get the recipe here.
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Where there's dip, there need to be chips, right? Regular chips break too easily, leaving a frustrating mess. Pita chips are delicious and hold up to even the thickest of hummus dips. And making your own is way too easy to think about buying them. Get the recipe here.
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Middle Eastern Pizza
Ready to serve something more substantial to your guests? No need to order from the local pizzaria when you can make this pita version, loaded with fresh ingredients and bursting with flavor. Get the recipe here.
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Cardamom Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
We've had drinks, dips and heartier food but there's always room for something sweet. These shortbread cookies are easy to bake ahead and leave out on a platter for your guests to help themselves. Get the recipe here.
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Spiced Chocolate and Pistachio Bark
Do you like sending your guests home with a little treat? This chocolate bark can be made ahead and wrapped up as a great thanks for coming gift! Get the recipe here.
All these dishes are easy to make, delicious and even healthy. Serve them all and you'll be known as a rock star party host!