So obviously, if you peek through my "snacks" recipes, you'll see that I have a slight obsession with salty snacks, especially nuts. Not only are spiced nuts extremely easy to make, but you can essentially use any blend of spices to suit any purpose. And everyone usually likes nibblies, so these are perfect to put out at parties or when you have unexpected guests.
The Indian-Spiced Peanut Brittle was such a hit with my friends and family, but it's something you can only eat every so often, due to the high sugar content. I decided to use those spices, yet just make a mixed nut batch. And quite frankly, I think they came out perfectly. I also added some black sesame seeds for a nice little twist, but feel free to use regular sesame seeds in their place. And although I've used pine nuts, walnuts, cashews, and almonds, feel free to substitute whatever nuts you like best.
1/4 heaping tsp coriander seed
1/4 heaping tsp fennel seed
1/4 heaping tsp yellow mustard seed
1/4 heaping tsp white peppercorns
1/4 heaping tsp cumin seed
1/2 tsp black sesame seeds
1/4 tsp coarse kosher salt
1/8 tsp ground chipotle chile powder (optional)
1/4 c raw pinenuts
1/2 c raw walnuts
1/2 c raw almonds
3/4 c raw cashews
1/2 c sugar
In a small skillet, toast coriander, fennel, mustard seed, peppercorns, and cumin seeds for a few minutes, or until they start to pop. Shake continuously throughout this process. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a minute or two. Place in mortar and pestle (or spice grinder) and process until coarsely ground. Place in a small container and add sesame seeds, salt, and chipotle powder.
In large pan, combine nuts and sugar over medium high heat. Stir frequently until sugar starts to melt. Lower heat, and stir continuously for 10 minutes, or until sugar starts to fully melt and cover nuts. Add spice mixture and continue to cook for an additional 30 seconds, until nuts are well glazed and pepper is well mixed in. Pour onto sheet of wax paper on a cooling rack and spread out. Allow to cool. Store in tightly-sealed container.
Looking for more?? Try these:
*Chili Lime Peanuts
*Lemon Pepper Cashews
*Jasmine Tea and Ginger Almonds
*Chili Chai Walnuts
*Sweet and Spicy Walnuts
*Green Tea Wasabi Almonds