I think every celebratory meal needs a good drink and a little nibble to start off the festivities, don’t you?
These sesame nori cashews are my answer to the “what to serve with cocktails” dilemma. And while there’s still a couple weeks before the real madness of the holiday season begins there’s no reason to put off making these until then.
These salty, sweet cashews with a hit of umami make a great afternoon snack or appetizer. Set out a bowl at your next get-together and watch them disappear, or keep a little stash around to munch on when afternoon cravings strike.
The cashews are roasted once then covered in a sweet and salty mix of maple syrup and coconut aminos (or tamari if you prefer) and tossed with two kinds of sesame seeds and toasted nori. They return to the oven a second time where the cashews get golden and the nori turns crisp and crunchy from the glaze. Two kinds of sesame seeds cling to each bite of cashews and clusters of nori.
What you wind up with is a mix that’s both sweet and savory and has just the right amount of saltiness to balance each out. It’s a tasty crowd-pleaser that involves minimal effort (just the kind of thing I like to have in my back pocket this time of year.)
And of course it also makes a nice homemade gift if you’re looking for something to make other than sweets.
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