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No-Cook Nibbles for Easy Entertaining

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Quick, what’s the fastest route to easy entertaining? Buy some excellent cheeses and lay them out with some of these easy no-cook items for a grazing board par excellence. For more ideas, check out our guide to building the perfect cheese platter. Just open the jars and packages, add some fresh and dried fruit, and you’ve got an instant cocktail party spread.

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    Iberico Ham

    Many consider the ham produced in Spain’s Iberico region to be the world’s finest and this brand, partly owned by master chef Jose Andres, is among the best of the best. Thinly sliced, intensely flavored and with a smoky aroma, Fermin Jamon Iberico is delicious served with multigrain crackers and a mild hard cheese, wrapped around a Medjool date stuffed with goat cheese, or twisted around an Asiago-flavored breadstick.

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    Jose Gourmet Spiced Sardines

    Imported from Portugal, Jose Gourmet Spiced Sardines are packed in flavorful, chile-infused oil. Serve atop toasts as a tapa, add them to salads and sandwiches, or chop and stir into pasta

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    Natural Honeycomb

    Honey’s sweetness makes an ideal foil to salty hard or blue cheeses, and serving it on the comb gives it some form so it can stand on a plate (though best to choose one with a rim). The comb also adds a bit of delicious crunch when spread on a cracker.

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    34 Degrees Sweet and Savory Crisps

    We love 34 Degrees’s crisps for their irresistible, light-as-air texture and delicate crunch. The savory crackers (which include rosemary, sesame, and cracked pepper) make perfect bases for cheese, and they’re great with any kind of dip or spread. Top the sweet flavors (chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and lemon) with Nutella or mascarpone and fruit, and you’ve got dessert in an instant.

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    Brussizzle Sprouts

    Pickled Brussels sprouts? Yes. With their tangy sweetness, Pacific Pickle Works's Brussizzle Sprouts make a bright addition to an appetizer plate.

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    Pickled Pink Pickles

    It may be the holidays, but there’s nothing wrong with bringing a taste of summer to the table. Pickled Pink’s Natural Sweet Gourmet Pickles, available in peach, spiced watermelon, and jalapeno, will add a piquant zest and crunch to creamy cheeses, charcuterie, hummus and more. Plus, they’re great chopped up and added to the inevitable holiday leftover sandwiches.

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    A Decadent Pate

    Les Trois Cochon’s Venison Pâté is a rich blend of pork, venison, and chicken liver, studded with cranberries, pistachios, and bits of sweet apple. A tasty nibble for any holiday table, slice and serve this pâté with crusty sourdough, peppered flatbread or with a crunchy green winter salad.

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    Brins Marmalades and Jams

    Brins’s fruit preserves are all natural, are made in small batches, and have just the right amount of herb or spice. Try the bright, edgy rosemary-grapefruit and lemon-saffron marmalades or the citrusy strawberry lemongrass and warmly spiced cherry chai jams.

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    Cheesy Chips

    What do you call a marriage between crackers and cheese? If you said heaven, you’ll want to get your hands on Kitchen Table Bakers Parm Crisps. Oven baked and made with 100% aged Parmesan, these crispy treats provide the perfect vehicle for dips and thinly sliced aged meats.

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