Football season is well under way, and the holidays are just around the corner. Are you looking for new and interesting appetizers to keep your guests, friends, (and of course you and your family) entertained and snacking healthy?  Here are some awesome Paleo diet friendly recipes that everyone will enjoy! Special thanks to Nom Nom Paleo for the inspiration!

Porkitos! (a.k.a. Crispy Prosciutto Chips)

Ingredients:

3 ounces of thinly sliced Prosciutto di Parma (Try to get freshly-sliced prosciutto from the deli counter and make sure they cut it paper thin.)

Here’s how to make ‘em:

Preheat the oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Place the prosciutto in a single layer on top. Don’t overcrowd the swine or it won’t crisp properly. Once the oven is ready, place the the tray in the oven. Bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on the thickness of your prosciutto slices) or until crunchy. Watch your chips like a hawk to make sure they don’t burn. Burnt chips are awful! Transfer the chips to a wire rack to cool. They’ll actually get crunchier as they cool, so it’s better to err on the side of under-baking them.

 

Roasted Rosemary Almonds

Ingredients:

    2 cups skin-on whole raw almonds •2 tablespoons dried rosemary• 2 teaspoons Kosher salt•1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground pepper •1 tablespoon butter or ghee

Here’s How to Make ‘em:

Assemble your ingredients and melt the butter in large skillet over medium-low heat. Once the butter starts bubbling, throw in the almonds (making sure they’re in a single layer) and stir until coated. Add rosemary, salt, and pepper. Toast the almonds in the skillet, stirring often, until slightly darkened and aromatic (about 8 to 12 minutes). Remove almonds and place on paper towel until cooled to room temperature. Store these yummy seasoned nuts in a sealed Tupperware container.

 

Guacamole

Ingredients:

    3 avocados •Juice from 1 lime•1 small shallot, minced• salt (approximately 3 generous finger-pinches of Kosher salt) &freshly ground pepper •Aleppo pepper (optional)

Here’s How to Make ‘em:

In a medium bowl, combine the minced shallot, salt, and lime juice. Let sit for 10 minutes. Pit and peel avocados. Take half of the flesh and mash it in a bowl with a fork. Pour the lime mixture into the bowl and combine with the mashed avocado. Dice the remainder of the avocado flesh into 3/4-inch cubes and gently incorporate into the mixture in the bowl. Add freshly ground pepper and Aleppo pepper to taste.