Snacking during the parade in the lead up to dinner is a tradition in my family. The array of nibbles, however, isn’t really all that different than the same kind of snacks we have access to all year. Cheese, nuts, shrimp cocktail, cream cheese and olives on celery. The dominant flavors are salt and fat, and the truth is, the apps tray can lean towards the side of more calorific than flavorful.
Appetizers like these tapas, however, are game-changers. This dish focuses on meeting a craving for a specific Thanksgiving flavor and does it so well that, (a) no one will complain about fewer cheese offerings and (b) we can skip adding sweet potatoes to the already crowded dinner line-up. Better flavor, better nutrition, and more elbow room on the table? I’ll take it.