Category: Ingredients

Rosemary Holiday Ham

‘Tis the season for impressive meats, and ham is certainly one of the classics. Tender, savory and salty, it’s easy to love—and, thankfully, easy to prepare.

Store-bought hams are typically cured either with nitrites or celery powder and smoked. Since the ham is already cooked, you’re essentially adding flavors you’d like and warming it before serving. Look for a ham without glazes, and with minimal ingredients or added sugar. Ask your local butcher or farmer what they’d recommend. Brands like Pederson’s or Niman Ranch can be found in stores and are part of the Certified Humane Raised & Handled program. Pederson’s also sells a sugar-free ham that is Whole30® approved.

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Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

The best appetizers should be a surprising, satisfying confluence of flavor and texture—in a single mouthful. Yes, it’s a bit of a tall order, isn’t it? Nevertheless, we think the salty, crisp bite of these bacon-wrapped water chestnuts deliver exactly that. Did we mention the sweet-savory tang of teriyaki is there, too?

But maybe we had you at the word bacon….

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Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Can a party spread ever have enough bacon-wrapped delicacies? We didn’t think so….

While many bacon appetizers go full-on savory, we like the natural sweetness of this one. The contrasts of tastes is enough to inspire, but this one’s a symphony of texture, too. The softness of date with the cream of blue cheese and crunch of pecan all wrapped in chewy bacon can feel like a full meal in one mouthful. All is right with the world in that moment.

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Easy Spinach Dip

There are certain dishes that have near universal appeal. Something about the taste and texture satisfy the senses. People get excited when they see them in the spread. These are the ones destined to become traditions. Spinach dip is one, and this recipe offers what we all want from it—classic taste, healthier ingredients and simple convenience. Can it get any better than three Primal ingredients and five easy minutes of prep? Dig in….

 

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Teriyaki Meatballs

Is there truly anyone who doesn’t love a good meatball? (Vegetarians and vegans exempt here…) Whether you’re cooking for a Primal crowd, a keto crowd, or a kid crowd, you’re covered if you have meatballs. Headed to a party where you know the foraging will be difficult—meatballs are your answer. Bring a platter to share (just be sure to grab yours right away). We love this recipe because it’s just three ingredients, and the meatballs are premade. They’re the perfect last-minute solution to Primal buffets.

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Pulled Pork Sliders

Sliders are always a welcome addition to the buffet lineup. A heartier appetizer option, they’re more like a mini meal, which is a relief to those who’ve had their share of typical cocktail fare the last few weeks. Thankfully, this “small bite” is both tasty and satisfying. We especially love the combination of tangy barbecue pulled pork and roasted sweet potato, slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. You’ll never go back to buns again after tasting this version.

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