Category: Appetizers

Mini Keto and Primal Crab Cakes

Crab cakes may remind you of cocktail parties, weddings, or sun-soaked getaways to the seashore where you seek refuge from the sun at a fish shack that serves only the freshest local seafood. Most traditional crab cake recipes include breadcrumbs or flour (or both) and are deep fried in vegetable oil so the end result is a greasy, bready puck that disrespects the naturally sweet, succulent essence of lump crabmeat. We remade the classic crab cake to make it Primal and keto-friendly. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients; we like the way the vegetables and seasonings accentuate the crab, but if you prefer a pared-down version, the crab, almond flour, herbs, mayo, egg, lemon juice, salt and pepper would make a perfectly lovely crab cake, too.

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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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Baked Brie With Cranberries

Some classic appetizer recipes are already good Primal fare. Take baked brie…. This recipe elevates traditional cheese and crackers to more ancestral, not to mention artistic levels. Tart cranberry compote complements a creamy and decadent brie cheese here and is perfect on a crisp but hearty grain-free cracker. Serve with good wine and zero apologies.

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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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