Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sweet & Spicy Mixed Nuts

Can you believe that is only 5 more sleeps till Christmas?? How is that possible?
I thought I would make one last holiday treat for you, Sweet & Spicy Mixed Nuts.

It is always nice to have something a little savory to nibble on when there is so much sweet stuff happening around the holidays.

These nuts are so good, just a hint of sweetness and a touch of heat, with a nice mix of sweet and savory flavor.

What you need,

3 cups mixed nuts; I used almonds, cashews, pecans, pumpkin seeds
(You want to use unsalted nuts because you are going to add all the flavor you need.)
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
1½ tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. ground cumin
3 tsp. flaky sea salt, divided
½ tsp. cracked black pepper

In a large cast iron skillet melt the butter and sugars together over medium heat.  Add the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, chili powder, cumin, 1½ tsp. salt and pepper to the melted butter mixture.

Cook for 1 minute until the spices are fragrant.

Add the nuts to the pan and stir well to coat all the nuts with the butter and spices.  Cook the nuts, stirring often for 10-13 minutes until the nuts get lightly golden brown.

Transfer the nuts to a wax paper lined baking sheet and spread into a single layer to cool.

Break apart the nuts and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.  They won’t last that long, I assure you!

All I want to say is grab a glass of your favourite holiday beverage and a little bowl of these delicious nuts and enjoy!


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