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

Chile-Toasted Marcona Almonds
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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.

Popcorn with Sesame-Glazed Pistachios
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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.

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

Spiced Pickled Beets
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