There are an absolute plethora of assorted nuts and snacks available these days from any high street shop combining all kinds of flavours. Some of them are very tasty indeed, personal favourite at the moment is the Honey & Jalapeno peanuts available from the Lakeland cookware store.
That said they all have one major flaw ! There cold and nothing goes better with an ice-cold beer or glass of scotch than a bowl full of flavoursome homemade hot nuts to nibble on. Just the thing while watching a movie or reading your favourite book.
I can’t recall where I first saw the original recipe but it was based upon the famous Union Square Cafe in New York who serve these warm at the bar. As always I’ve made the recipe my own with a few variations on the ingredients. These really are so simple and a cut above anything you can purchase in a packet.
300g Assorted Unsalted Nuts – ( we used Almonds, Peanuts, Brazil’s, Walnuts, Hazelnuts ) – 1 tbsp Melted Butter – 1 tbsp Dark Brown Soft Sugar – 2 tbsp Chopped Fresh Rosemary – 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper – 1 tsp Sea Salt – 1 Pinch Chilli Flakes
Pre-heat your oven to 350 f / 180 c / Gas 4 and place your nuts onto a baking tray, spread out evenly.
Heat the nuts in the oven for around 10 minutes until slightly browned ( Give the tray a shake every now and then and don’t allow them to burn ) Meanwhile combine the butter, sugar, chopped rosemary, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes and half the salt into a large mixing bowl. Once the nuts are cooked add them to the bowl and thoroughly coat the nuts in the butter mixture. Place the nuts into a serving bowl while still hot / warm and sprinkle on the remaining sea salt. Pop the cap off an ice-cold beer and enjoy !
Note: For those of you that don’t like spicy heat you can omit the chilli flakes and half the amount of cayenne pepper.