It's that time of year; impromptu gatherings abound, and you need some nibbles to serve with drinks, right? These spiced nuts are perfect: sweet, salty, a little spicy from the cayenne pepper and a little earthy from the rosemary.
These come from New York's Union Square Cafe; the recipe here is via the fabulous Nigella Lawson. They are great with wine, beer, or cocktails, and are positively addictive. If you don't want to consume eleventy billion calories, step away after a handful (although you won't want to).
The only problem with these is that it can be tricky to get the coating to adhere to the nuts; it's important to mix them when they are really hot, and some people suggest using less smooth nuts like pecans and almonds so the coating has something to grab onto.
Union Square Cafe's Bar Nuts
- 2 1/4 cups (18 ounces) assorted unsalted nuts
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons Maldon or other sea salt (I use kosher and it's just fine)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine and spread them out on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven until light golden brown, about 10 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, sugar, salt and melted butter.
4. Thoroughly toss the toasted nuts in the spiced butter and serve warm.
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