How to make roasted, spiced nuts?
- sweet100s Feb 22, 2012 11:39 PM
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?
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.
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.