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The Pioneer Woman Shares Her Best Low-Carb Holiday Recipes

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Whether it's an impromptu holiday gathering and you're rushing, or you simply procrastinated your menu planning, there's a special version of awful that comes with needing to really quickly come up with a bunch of food for a ton of people. Especially things that aren't just something-on-a-cracker and something-else-to-dip-pita in. But worry no more, as the Pioneer Woman has come to our rescue.

Ree recently posted a one-minute life-saving video that demonstrates how to make four super-easy, low-carb apps for parties. Okay, so it will take YOU more than a minute to make them, but the video is super-clear, if slightly fast, and the food looks amazing. Here's a slowed-down version, should you need to cater a party, and quickly, in the coming weeks.

Ree starts with Spanish marinated olives, which she calls "to die for," whisking together a quarter cup of olive oil, two teaspoons sherry vinegar, four sliced cloves of garlic, and a pinch of black pepper. Then she adds a cup of Castelvetrano olives, a half-cup of Kalamata olives, a half-cup of cured Beldi olives, a half-cup cubed Manchego cheese, a half-cup of mozzarella pearls, a half-cup of cubed chorizo, orange zest, rosemary, and bay leaves, and tosses it together. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Then she moves on to jalapeño cheese bites. She starts by baking three jalapeños, sliced, for eight minutes at 375°F. Then she mixes a bunch of grated pecorino, Parmesan, and Manchego together, and divides it into a bunch of little piles on a baking sheet, topping each one with one of the slices of jalapeño. "Bake until golden," the video instructs.

Next she makes rolled goat cheese, made by simply rolling logs of goat cheese through toppings — one fresh dill, the other paprika — then wrapping and refrigerating.

Finally, she ends with taco-stuffed mini peppers, simply spooning cooked taco meat, queso fresco, and cilantro leaves into halved mini-peppers.

Sounds like a party to us!

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