Recipes that are quick and simple yet super delicious are kind of my mojo. 2014 has been a year of swallowed time, by work, by obligations, by shear exhaustion. Having these quick showstoppers I can whip out at any time the occasion calls for them is such huge life saver. You all know I have a thing for gardening. I love growing vegetables and I adore growing herbs. I find a way to work herbs into most recipes. They complement and bring out the natural flavor in so many dishes. This recipe is incredibly easy, yet so grown up dinner party classy that people will be asking you for the recipe even if there's not a ton to it. And can I just say, rosemary...rosemary is like my spirit animal. It's woodsy fragrance gets me every time. Somehow it makes me sort of enjoy winter (picturing snow topped log cabins here) which, for those of you that know this about me, is no small feat given that winter is a season that is usually dead to me. But these spiced nuts scream relaxed cocktail party snacking and, most importantly, HOLIDAY- so really, what's not to love?
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy New Year, Cheers to 2015!
Spiced Holiday Nuts
serves 4 (as party of a cocktail party menu with other nibbles)
1 cup raw unsalted cashews
1 cup raw unsalted almonds
1/2 cup raw unsalted pecans
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine nuts in a medium bowl. Combine salt, sugar, and ground pepper in a small bowl and set aside. Drizzle the olive oil over the nuts and stir thoroughly to combine. Sprinkle chopped herbs and sugar, salt, and pepper over the nuts. Stir to combine. Transfer nuts to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes, stirring at 8 minutes, until cashews are noticeably golden.