Monday, December 19, 2011

Nuts about the holidays!

Looking for a last minute gift for someone and minimal budget remains for your holiday list? I came across a recipe that is simple and can be used as a holiday gift, hostess present, midnight snack (for Santa?) or even a great game day munchie! Here you go - you can thank me later!

Spiced Nuts

3 cups pecans

1 cup shelled pistachios

2 cups almonds

1/2 tsp. ground coriander

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

3 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 and 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 and 1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 325 F. Place nuts on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven, shaking the sheet several times during baking, about 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet over low heat, add coriander, cumin, butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne and salt. Stir until the butter melts and the sugar is dissolved. Place nuts in a bowl and drizzle with the warm, spiced butter; stir until well-coated. Let the nuts cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Makes 6 cups.

You can certainly substitute peanuts (not great idea for a gift in case of recipient having allergies), cashews or other favorites in the recipe. Play with it and make it your own signature holiday gift!

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