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Restaurants are making space on menus 
for a new category of pre-first-course starters—the salty, crunchy, pickly snacks customers want with cocktails. Martha Wiggins, the chef at Sylvain in New Orleans, contributes to the genre with these recipes.

Kate Heddings
December 11, 2015

1. Chile-Toasted Marcona Almonds 
These spicy, garlicky almonds are the perfect cocktail party snack.

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2. Popcorn with Sesame-Glazed Pistachios 
Mixing popcorn with glazed pistachios creates a sweet-salty snack that's fantastic with cocktails.

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3. Marinated Olives With Orange 
Olives marinated in citrus juice, garlic and spicy crushed red pepper become a sensational cocktail-party snack.

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4. Spiced Pickled Beets 
These addictive pickled beets get flavor from cinnamon, bay leaves, allspice and cloves.

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