Guest post by Leeann Coleman & Jayne Barnes
This is a great recipe for a party. The nuts are easy to make in quantity and can be stored in an airtight container. However, many people have allergies to nuts, so be sure to check with your guests ahead of time if you choose to make this dish.
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 3 cups mixed nuts
1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil the paper. Set the baking sheet aside.
3. Place all the ingredients except the mixed nuts in a medium-sized nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches a syrup consistency, about 2–3 minutes.
4. Add the nuts and gently fold them into the syrup mixture until evenly coated. Use a rubber spatula to make the mixing easier and take care not to break up the nuts.
5. Transfer the nuts to the prepared baking sheet and spread out in an even layer. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring and turning the nuts every 6–8 minutes. Be very watchful during the last half of baking, as the nuts can burn quickly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Not all nuts are the same. If you’re watching your calories, pistachios and cashews are great nuts for you to munch on. Almonds have lots of protein, and low saturated fat, making them a smart snacking choice as well. Walnuts have high levels of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Of course, sometimes you’ll just want to eat the nuts that are the most delicious.
Excerpted from Honey Crafting: From Delicious Honey Butter to Healing Salves, Projects for Your Home Straight from the Hive written by Leeann Coleman & Jayne Barnes, Copyright © 2013 by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of F+W Media, Inc. All rights reserved.