Saturday, 23 December 2017

Spiced party nuts,no nonsense nibbles

I am and have always been a snacker.The thespian and I  love a bowl of mixed nuts with a G ´n T just about as much as we love a good Pringle: or two.These Spiced Party Nuts were inspired by those complimentary bar nuts that seemingly disappear off of our table every time we are in one of our favourite hostelries.Out for a bebida with friends, they dont get a look in when it comes to Bombay mix,Japanese rice crackers or salted pistachios.Where there is the slightest whiff of a nibble, I´ll be there for them. I decided to bring a home made twist to the bar snack in order to let my friends have a chance.They are never going to know how many I had eaten before they arrived.
These Spiced Party Nuts are not only delicious but quite easy to make, and they will have people talking.They are not overly sweet and have just the right amount of “kick” to keep you coming back for more. I have been cultivating this recipe; and have tweaked the balance of sweet, savoury, and spicy until finally arriving at what I think is the winning combination.My favourites are a blend of almonds, cashews, pecans, and pistachios, but any old nut will do. Just make a lot.They are known to disappear quickly.The thespian nodded his head in an affirmative gesture too.As the holiday party season continues, I cannot think of a better and simpler snack to accompany your favourite winter cocktail.
They are quickly made from ingredients that most of us have on hand. So they can be made at the last-minute while you race around showering, shaving, and freshening-up anything around the house that needs febreezing before the guests arrive.
Why look for ready-made spice roasted salted nut mixes when you can make your own for a fraction of the price while at the same time controlling the amount of fat and salt? In addition, you can vary flavours to suit your own palate.This is a great time to think about spiced nuts.There are several ways to approach spiced nuts. Some recipes make a glaze with sugar, egg whites, and spices. Some use a fat like butter along with the sugar and flavorings, and others just dust roasted nuts in dry spices with a bit of olive oil.
You can use your own mix as there are unlimited possibilities.
A typical dried nuts mix might include hazelnut, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, cashews, pecans…and coatings can be......
Olive oil,tamarind paste
Salt and pepper
Spices: Paprika, Curry, Chili flakes Chinese five spice,Dukkah, Zaatar,Ras al hanout,cajun spice mix.

Spiced Nut Blend
350g (11 oz) mixed dried nuts
1 heaped teaspoon cumin seeds
1 heaped teaspoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon mustard seeds

1/4 tsp fennel seeds 
1/2 tsp black peppercorns 
1tsp ground turmeric
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 teaspoons Flor de sal
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to160C ( 315F )Place all the spices in a spice grinder or blender and grind to a fine powder.Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and mix through the brown sugar,nuts and two teaspoons of Flor de sal.Add the olive oil,mix well and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment.Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the nuts have coloured a little,stirring occasionally.allow to cool.Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
You might also like:
Sumac roasted chick peas
Wasabi peanuts  
Spiced marcona almonds

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