In keeping with the “party food” theme for the month of November, I knew I’d have to share this classic spiced nuts recipe with you all. Roasted with a wonderful glaze to give you that sweet crunchy taste and texture and spiced up with some lovely elements of the Caribbean. I must warn you though that you won’t be able to stop at just a handful, so be prepared for the bowl disappearing in front of your eyes as your guests zero in.
The scotch bonnet pepper will give this a subtle kick, but if you’re overly concerned, you can tame things down with a touch of paprika and cayenne instead.
1 cup unsalted peanuts
1 cup raw pecan halves
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted almonds
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted cashews
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon finely chopped scotch bonnet pepper
1/4 teaspoon curry powder (madras)
For the syrup:
1 or 2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
The first thing we need to do is create the simple glaze we’ll be using. In a sauce pan, place the water, sugar and butter. Bring to a boil (med heat), then lower to a simmer, whisk and cook for 1 minute.
Empty the nuts into a large metal bowl and toss in the other ingredients (mix well). Please remember to chop the scotch bonnet pepper as fine as you can and do wash your hands with soap immediately after. Don’t include any of the seeds form the pepper as the heat will then be very intense.
Pour in the glaze we made and toss well. The idea is to coat each nut with the glaze and spices. Pre-heat your oven at 350F and we’ll be using the middle rack. Now line a cookie sheet with tin foil and spray on some cooking spray or as I did.. brush on some veg oil. Pour the now coated nuts onto the lined sheet and spread evenly (one layer).
Place in the oven for 10 minutes., then remove and toss well. There will be melted glaze on the lined cookie sheet, the idea is to pick up all of that as you move the nuts around. It will take a couple minutes and you will notice that the nuts may start to clump together and form a coating at the same time.
Place it back in the oven now for an additional 6 minutes on the middle rack. And that’s about it. Your kitchen will have the lovely scent of freshly roasted nuts and the bit of spices we used will only enhance this captivating aroma. Please allow to cool, then transfer to your serving bowl and enjoy. Store in an air-tight container. These are very similar to beer nuts as well as honey roasted peanuts.. but with more flair!