This article was created in partnership with Simple Mills.
If you ask us, the MVP of any great hors d’oeuvres spread is the humble cracker. Portable, crunchy, and lightly salted, crackers are just the best. And Simple Mills Sprouted Seed Crackers might just be the best of the best. Every box (and everything else Simple Mills makes) is made with real ingredients you can pronounce and nothing artificial ever. Plus, the crackers are the perfect size for topping and dipping.
Because we believe in recipes that check all the boxes (good for you, delicious, pretty, and simple), we partnered with Simple Mills to create four appetizers using this delish finger-food base. Each recipe can be made in less than 30 minutes, is Paleo-friendly, and tastes as good as it looks. Serve these up at your next party and watch them disappear.
1. Baked Sweet Potato Bites
Ingredients1 medium sweet potato, peeled1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted1 tablespoon cinnamonSimple Mills Garlic & Herb Sprouted Seed Crackers1/3 cup almond butter1 tablespoon pure maple syrup1/2 cup pecansPinch saltDirections1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the sweet potato lengthwise and then into thin, 1/4-inch, half-moon slices.2. Place sweet potato in a medium-size bowl and combine with coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt. Put on a baking sheet, making sure the slices do not overlap.3. Bake 10 minutes, then flip sweet potatoes over and bake another 10 minutes. Once potatoes have a slight crisp to them, remove from oven.4. While potatoes bake, mix almond butter with maple syrup.5. Place each sweet potato slice on a Simple Mills cracker and add a dollop of almond butter. Top with a pecan.
2. Warmed Cranberry Compote and Goat Cheese Bites
Ingredients2 cups fresh cranberries3 tablespoons pure maple syrup1 lemon, zested1/3 cup waterSimple Mills Original Sprouted Seed Crackers1 package (4 ounces) plain goat cheese or your choice of dairy-free cheese, crumbledGround or fresh gingerDirections1. In a saucepan over medium heat combine cranberries, maple syrup, lemon zest, and water. Bring to a light boil, stirring frequently and slightly mashing cranberries.2. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until compote thickens and cranberries begin to burst. Remove pan from heat, taste the compote, and add a bit more maple syrup if desired.3. Spread the cranberry compote on crackers. Sprinkle with cheese and a small dash of ground or fresh ginger on each cracker.
3. Caramelized Pear Bruschetta
Ingredients1 tablespoon coconut oil2 pears, chopped1 teaspoon cinnamon1 tablespoon raw honey1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar1/2 cup dairy-free cream cheeseSimple Mills Original Sprouted Seed CrackersPinch sea saltDirections1. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add chopped pears and sprinkle cinnamon, honey, and sea salt over top. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until pears begin to caramelize.2. Add balsamic vinegar to the pears and cook for 1 minute more. Remove from heat.3. Spread cream cheese on crackers and scoop 1 tablespoon of caramelized pears onto each cracker.
4. Deconstructed BLT
Ingredients1 head romaine lettuce, torn into cracker-size piecesSimple Mills Everything Sprouted Seed Crackers1 package Paleo or zero added-sugar bacon, cooked3 Roma tomatoes, slicedSalt and pepperDirections1. Place a piece of lettuce onto a cracker. Top with 1 to 2 small pieces of bacon and a tomato slice.2. Give it a dash of salt and pepper and voila.
These recipes were created by Maria Zamarripa, M.S., R.D., the nutritionist behind Food Farmicist R.D. Zamarripa is not affiliated with Simple Mills.