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.

By Kate Heddings
Updated: May 23, 2017
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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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