The Best Tropical Party Appetizers
Sweet pineapple with zingy tamarind makes for a beautifully lacquered holiday ham with just a few ingredients. Bonus: tamarind's natural acidity helps tenderize the meat, making for a juicy centerpiece.
- Recipe: Pineapple-Tamarind Ham
Firecracker Shrimp with Sweet Chili-Lime Dipping Sauce
A guaranteed holiday party favorite, firecracker shrimp go best with a sweet chili-lime dipping sauce. Pro tip: cut a ¼-inch-deep slit into the inner curved side of each shrimp to prevent curling, and fold the spring roll wrapper tightly so you don’t lose any pork stuffing during frying (trust us, you’ll want every bit).
Purple Sweet Potato Latkes with Tobiko
Update your Jewish potato pancakes with purple sweet potatoes for an unexpected pop of color. Press the individual latkes tightly so they don’t fall apart in the pan, then top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of mildly salty red tobiko (i.e. flying fish roe).
Sweet Portuguese Rolls
Make your own sweet Portuguese rolls à la King’s Hawaiian, the No. 1 branded dinner roll in America. Make extras to have on hand for holiday leftovers—ham sammie, anyone?—or enjoy a fluffy batch all on its own.
- Recipe: Sweet Portuguese Rolls
Enliven your crudité platter deep green snap peas, rainbow carrots, bright heirloom cherry tomatoes, and this tropical twist on Greek skordalia—a garlicky dip made from nuts and soaked bread.
- Recipe: Macadamia-Coconut Dip
Making your own hummus is a cinch, and well worth the extra effort when the results are this fresh, creamy, and nutrient-dense. Pita chips are a natural with our verde version of the mezze staple, or you can opt for a healthier alternative and serve with a spectrum of colorful veggies.
- Recipe: Edamame-Avocado Hummus
Spiced Rum Balls
Everyone’s favorite boozy sweet treat gets an arresting upgrade with a splash of spiced rum. Roll in large flakes of dried coconut for a decorative finish, then arrange in a holiday tin for the perfect hostess gift.
- Recipe: Spiced Rum Balls
Togarashi-Spiced Snack Mix
Nanami togarashi is a Japanese spice blend of red pepper, sesame seeds, seaweed, and dried citrus that offers all kinds of new possibilities to popcorn, Rice Chex, and any other salty snack food. Combine with shrimp chips, spicy wasabi peas, and soy-glazed macadamia nuts for the best party mix ever.
- Recipe: Togarashi-Spiced Snack Mix