Tuesday, December 23, 2008

spiced nuts.

I don't often eat nuts, but this time of year I always think of this spicy nut recipe. I love making these nuts to give as gifts...they are also super good party food.

You can use roasted nuts, or for something different, you can use raw sprouted organic nuts...for parties and gifts, though, I usually buy pre-roasted good quality/organic nuts. This recipe is based on the Union Square Cafe nuts recipe - I just like a little more bite.

::spiced nuts::
17 oz. mixed nuts (sunflower seeds are also good in this)
3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 Tbsp melted butter
1 Tbsp melted coconut oil
2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground smoked chipotle (or more if you like it hotter!)
2 tsp paprika (I like a smoked spanish paprika for this, but hungarian is good too!)
1 tsp tumeric
2 tsp coarse sea salt

In a 350ºF oven, toast the nuts for about 10 minutes on a cookie sheet. While they are in the oven, combine all of the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir together. Toss in the warm nuts out of the oven and stir to coat evenly. Try not to eat them all as they cool.

Most of what we made bagged for gift giving, but we saved a small bowl for us...yum.


painter girl said...

I love spiced nuts and this recipe looks wonderful . Hubby loves chipolte peppers! I'll have to give this recipe a try. Happy Holidays to you and yours this Christmas!
May the New Year bring you much joy.

FoodRenegade said...

What a great idea. I will do this for the kids to snack on as soon as I can get around to it.


so NOT cool said...

Thanks for posting this, Denise. I have been looking for ways to get more nuts in my diet. I am really particular about them and many leave my stomach feeling ishy unless they are *just right*. Anyhow ... this recipe sounds *just right*.