I'm always looking for creative and delicious nibbles to serve up at a cocktail party or as a pre-dinner nosh with drinks. Like most folks I have a few go-to dips and spreads, and love crafting an interesting cheese and charcuterie board. Sometimes though I like to step away from the expected and whip up something that most folks have never tried before.
Enter Kelsey Nixon's Stuffed and Fried Bar Olives.
For those of you unfamiliar with Nixon, she is a young culinary phenom who parlayed a self-produced video cooking show she created while still a college student into a star-making break as a contestant on the show "The Next Food Network Star". These days she is the host of her own show on The Cooking Channel called "Kelsey's Essentials", and has just published her first cookbook entitled Kitchen Confidence. I've just discovered her myself, and while I've only managed to catch a few episodes of her show I have to say that I'm a fan. I love her un-pretentious approach to food and find her energy and enthusiasm contagious. See for yourself in the video I've embedded below. Have pen and paper ready so you can jot down the super simple recipe for these bad boys.
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This is the first recipe of hers that I've cooked, but given how rock-star awesome these fried olives are, you can bet it won't be the last. Stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese, spicy chorizo sausage, and smoky almonds, these olives pack a punch and are perfectly addictive! I threw down about a dozen of these salty-crispy treats with an ice cold IPA and loved the pairing, but a nice dry white wine should do the trick nicely as well. Stay tuned, I'm sure to discover more tasty treats from Kelsey to share with you down the road.
Cheers – Steve
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