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.
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.