Sunday, December 23, 2012
Holiday Spiced Nuts
This is a double batch, 3 cups to serve, 3 cups to gift-away. Buy nuts from bulk bins in the market, they are better priced than nuts on the baking aisle.
Total Time: 12 min
Prep: 2 min
Cook: 10 min
Yield: 6 cups
2 cups walnut halves
1 cup peeled hazelnuts
1 cup whole unsalted cashews
1 cup whole pecan halves
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon ground anise
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, eyeball it
1 cup smoked almonds (recommended: Diamond Smokehouse almonds)
Heat a large skillet and cook nuts over moderate heat 7 to 8 minutes until golden and well toasted – your nose will know when they are done. Transfer nuts to a plate and return pan to stove top. Add butter to the pan in small pieces. Melt butter and spice it with anise, cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. Let butter infuse a minute then pour over nuts. Turn off heat. Add smoked nuts to the skillet and turn to combine evenly with butter.
Simple, budget-friendly, crowd-pleasing snack to share with friends and family...
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