Spiced Nuts

November 24, 2008

Even though we tend to stuff ourselves to the gills during the holidays it's always nice to have some snacks and treats to nibble and nosh on. The hors d'oeuvres line-up just wouldn't be right without a bowl of mixed nuts. Here's the perfect alternative to plain salt roasted mix nuts.

Spiced Nuts

1 large egg white
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1-3/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2-1/2 cups pecan halves or assorted nuts, such as cashews, walnuts or almonds

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Beat egg white until soft and foamy. Combine all remaining ingredients except nuts; whisk into egg white. Stir in nuts until well coated; spread mixture in single layer onto an ungreased baking pan.

Bake nuts for 15 minutes, then remove from oven. Using a metal spatula, toss, stir and separate nuts. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees and return nuts to bake until medium brown, about 10 minutes.

Remove from oven; toss, and stir again. Place baking pan on wire rack to cool. Break up any nuts that stick together.

Store in an airtight container up to two weeks.

Makes 2-1/2 cups.



Carla Saunders's picture

I made up a batch of spiced nuts for a jazz concert I hosted. Try a batch substituting cinnamon. cloves and allspice for cumin,chili and pepper. Bring to a boil rum, vanilla, butter and sugar. Stir in toasted nuts then cool on a baking sheet. Yummy!

dreama's picture

This sounds soooooo good! Thanks for the recipe.

Shelly's picture

This is a Martha Stewart recipe!


Very tasty!

lloyd's picture

sounds sexual!!

chris's picture

These are excellent. Just made a big batch for Xmas treat bags - but had to test several bowls of course. My guess is much better than the skillet recipes that call for butter, honey, carmelizing etc and look like sticky candy, these are a perfectly coated and just-hot-enough adult snack.