I had a container each of walnuts, almonds and cashews and was trying to figure out what to use them for. I came across Emeril Lagasse's Spiced Nuts recipe (click here for original recipe) and decided to make them. I adjusted the recipe a little bit and used what I had. You can use any mixture of nuts such as walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios or cashews. These Spiced Nuts were super easy to make and are a great snack. They are a combination of flavors, both sweet and spicy. These Spiced Nuts would make a great gift during the upcoming holidays too. My friend recommended adding fresh chopped rosemary to the spices so I will have to try that next time. Enjoy!
6 cups unsalted mixed nuts (I used walnuts, almonds and cashews.)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
Line a baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix spices together. Set aside.
Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add nuts and stir until they begin to toast, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Add butter and stir until nuts begin to darken, about 1 minute.
Stir in spices, brown sugar, and water. Continue to stir until nuts are glazed, about 5 minutes.
Transfer nuts to foil lined baking sheet. Separate nuts with a fork so they don’t stick together.
Allow nuts to cool for at least 10 minutes and store in an airtight container.