How to make spiced nuts for a party appetizer
Looking for a salty snack to impress your party guests? Look no further.
Guests enjoyed nibbling on these spicy/sweet roasted nuts at a recent party we hosted. The recipe makes plenty of snacks in addition to more substantial fare.
- 4 cups mixed raw nuts of choice (I used 1 cup each of Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, and walnuts)
- 4 tablespoons butter or ghee
- 6 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons powdered dried rosemary leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or chili pepper flakes
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt
Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C).
Take a large frying pan and toast the nuts over medium heat until they release a nutty aroma and have lots of little brown spots all over them. Stir often and keep a sharp eye on them – they will burn in a second if you let them go too long.
Melt, in a separate pan, the butter/ghee and maple syrup. Stir it up. When the liquid has cleared, add the rosemary and cayenne.
Pour the nuts into a lined baking pan and pour the flavored butter syrup over them. Toss several times to coat the nuts all over. Spread them out evenly. Don’t be alarmed at any liquid on the bottom of the baking pan: This will harden and become like a soft candy.
Roast the nuts for 10 minutes, then take a spatula and turn them over in the baking pan. Make sure to re-distribute them evenly.
Roast another 15 minutes and see if they’re done to your satisfaction. If not, let them roast another 5 minutes.
As soon as you take the nuts out of the oven, sprinkle the salt over them.
Allow the nuts to cool entirely before storing them or putting them into a bowl. Break up any big clumps. They will stay crisp and good for a week if kept in a dry place.