Salty, spicy, rosemary roasted nuts are dead simple to make and will fill your kitchen with a wonderful aroma.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday!
What are some of your favorite cocktail-time nibbles when you are entertaining?