Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts | Cocktail Nibbles

Salty, spicy, rosemary roasted nuts are dead simple to make and will fill your kitchen with a wonderful  aroma.

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Because it’s the holidays, and because we are all likely to be consuming copious amounts of sweets this time of year, I hope to offer you a temporary respite from your sugar coma with a salty, savory snack.

These salty, spicy, rosemary-infused roasted nuts are so simple to make and will fill your kitchen with the wonderful earthy and woodsy aroma of rosemary as they come out of the oven.

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One of the best things about having cocktails are the little salty nibbles that are served along with the drinks.  Olives, cheese and crackers and mixed nuts are classic examples of cocktail-time accompaniments that satisfy a craving for salt, and mixed nuts are a perfect canvas for playing with spices and flavorings when you are entertaining.

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I just love the smell of fresh herbs, especially rosemary, and these nuts are loaded with it.  Fragrant fresh rosemary springs are finely chopped, a pinch of cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes are added for a bit of heat and some olive oil coats an assortment of mixed nuts that go into the oven to toast and bring out their rich flavor.

I like these best with a variety of mixed nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts and brazil nuts, but you can use any nut that you like.

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Once you start nibbling on these spicy, aromatic mixed nuts you will find resistance is futile, even for the most restrained eater. They’re especially great served alongside slightly nutty cheeses like Gruyere and Comte, or salty chunks of Parmesan.

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Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday!

What are some of your favorite cocktail-time nibbles when you are entertaining?

Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts | Cocktail Nibbles

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 8 to 10

These salty, spicy, rosemary-infused roasted nuts are so simple to make and will fill your kitchen with the wonderful earthy and woodsy aroma of rosemary as they come out of the oven.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups assorted unsalted, raw mixed nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts and brazil nuts
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 4 teaspoons flaky sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes (optional, for extra heat)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. Place nuts on a parchment lined baking sheet. Add remaining ingredients and mix with your hands to evenly coat. Spread out nuts in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake until nuts are lightly browned and toasted, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Let cool on the baking sheet, transfer to a bowl, and serve.
  5. Store leftover nuts in an airtight container at room temperature.
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  1. says

    I’m so glad someone has finally posted a savoury recipe. I think I’m going to get diabetic just looking at all the cookie pics now! I love your second photo especially!

  2. says

    These look so wonderful! I eat these kinds of snacks all of the time, and this variation sounds great. I can see myself easily getting addicted to them!

  3. says

    Your photos are absolutely stunning. I love that this is a simple dish but I can imagine all the wonderful flavors.

    I’d love for your to submit them to Vegolicious, a vegetarian food photo gallery where readers can browse beautiful photos to discover new recipes and wonderful blogs. If you would like to share this recipe with our readers please submit a photo along with a link to this post.

  4. Joseph Critchley says

    Is there something preventing me from copying the recipe on this blog? Seems ridiculous if there is. My mistake if not.

    • says

      No I haven’t disabled copying, I’m not sure why it’s not working for you but I’ve gone ahead and updated the recipe format and it now has a print button in the upper left hand corner so that should work. Let me know if you are still having any problems.

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