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Feb 22, 2012 11:39 PM

How to make roasted, spiced nuts?

For an upcoming trip, I'd like to make roasted spiced nuts, and put them in 1 oz portions for between-meal snacks.

Searching Epicurious, all of the recipes with "roasted walnuts" are as ingredients in other things, primarily salads.

If you were going to:

- Start with raw non-roasted, non-salted nuts (primarily cashews, almonds, walnuts)
- Want the end result to be tasty roasted slightly-salted spiced nuts

How would you do this?

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    1. I learnt this recipe at a cooking class conducted by Chef Art Smith. It's simple and successful!

      Roast nuts in a roasting pan at 180C for 7-8 mins . When done slosh some syrup ( I've used honey a few times ) on to the nuts. Bake again till the nuts soak in the syrup.
      Prepare your spice mix - salt, paprika, chilli powder maybe a bit of cinnamon, with some sugar.
      Roll the sticky nuts in this mix and let them cool.

      1. Just melt 3 T. unsalted butter with 1 t. salt and 2 t. of whatever crumbled dried herb you enjoy. (I like rosemary, or mixed herbs.) and 1/2 t. cayenne pepper. Heat oven to 375 while butter melts. Toss nuts with butter (about a pound, a little more, for this mixture.) Lay in baking sheet in single layer, and if you want sweetness, sprinkle with 2 t. plain sugar at this point. Bake for 10-15 minutes until absorbed and rich brown; let cool and try to stay away.
        Here's my very best kitchen tip: For some reason it's easy to forget when you have nuts roasting. If you keep a raw nut out on the counter while they're roasting, it will remind you they're in there. This was divulged to me the day I burned 4 pounds of nuts at once during work. :) And I've never burned another nut.

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        1. re: mamachef

          >> Heat oven to 375 (F) ?

          mamachef, that's higher than I would expect.

          1. re: sweet100s

            Works for me, but you can go 350. no worries.

        2. Fwiw, if you search Epicurious for "spiced nuts," you'll get a lot of relevant hits.

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          1. re: MikeG

            Thanks everyone!

            I was searching for roasted nuts; adding "spiced", like I did in the title, works!

          2. Would olive oil work instead of butter?

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              1. re: sweet100s

                I don't see why not, but the butter adds a really nice flavorl.