You don’t need an excuse to gather friends together for a good time, but a round-up of Middle Eastern snacks certainly gives you a good one. From easy honey spiced nuts as a snack to a pear and cheesecake baklava for dessert, your guests will love trying out new ethnic party snacks.
Honey Spiced Nuts
Great bartenders know that cocktails should be served with nuts on the side. These ones are easy to whip up a few days before the party and store in an airtight container. Although you can use any spice blend that you prefer, this particular recipe calls for a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, salt, and sugar.
Crunchy Roasted Cumin Chickpeas
When chickpeas are spritzed with oil and roasted at a high temperature, their texture turns crunchy—and it makes for a perfect snack. When tossed with cumin, paprika, coriander, and perhaps a little bit of red cayenne pepper, roasted chickpeas are healthy and delicious.
Where there’s a dip, there are chips. 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 so easy that there’s no need to buy them.
Middle Eastern Pizza
Ready to serve something more substantial to your guests? There’s no need to order from the local pizzeria when you can make this pita-based pizza that’s loaded with fresh ingredients and bursting with flavor. Once baked, the pita bread makes for a crunchy, thin-crust pizza that’s ready for any Middle Eastern toppings you want to put on it.
Middle Eastern Pita Tacos
Consider this Middle Eastern cuisine’s answer to the taco. Not only is this dish handheld and portable, but it’s also packed with chicken, cheese, vegetables, and a flavorful sauce. It uses a bunch of cilantro, but if that’s not your favorite herb, parsley works just fine in its place.
Cardamom Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
Although shortbread originated in Scotland, there’s a Middle Eastern version known as ghoraibi that’s spiced with cardamom, scented with rose water, and topped with almonds. This particular recipe calls for topping the cookies with finely chopped pistachios instead of standard almonds.
Merge two great desserts with this cheesecake baklava—though it’s not a common combination, guests will love the twist on a Middle Eastern classic treat. The phyllo dough, which is a main ingredient of baklava, serves as the crust for the cheesecake, which is topped with honey syrup and chopped pistachios.
Every good party needs a good round of snacks. All the snack ideas above will help you to bring the Middle Eastern vibes into your party. As the host, perfect snacks are important for a themed party. Combine all the Middle Eastern snacks that you know and please your guests!