Every cook's recipe box should have at least one roasted almonds recipe in it. You may file it under Nuts or Snacks but you'll think of it as an easy, healthy guest-pleasing, make-ahead party treat.
Yes, healthy. None of that overly salted and preserved commercial stuff for us, huh? So what will it be? Spiced Nuts for the "hot and spicy" food crowd? Or sweet, down-home, Honey Roasted Almonds for everyone? I agree, do both.
This is a great roasted almonds recipe with Mexican-Italian overtones, spiced with cayenne, cumin, garlic and coarse salt.
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups whole raw almonds
Coarse salt to taste
Melt the butter slowly in a medium-size saucepan and stir in the spices. Add the Worcestershire sauce and the nuts. Stir until the almonds are well-coated with the butter mixture.
Turn the nuts out onto a shallow baking sheet (no need to grease it) and roast the nuts in a preheated 350° oven for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with coarse salt.
Serve warm, or if you prefer, cool the nuts and store them in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Makes 3 cups.
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1/4 cup honey
1 heaping teaspoon salt
3 cups raw almonds
Butter or cooking spray
Warm the honey in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Stir in the salt and then the nuts, coating them well. Prepare a baking sheet with butter or cooking spray. Spread the coated almonds on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in a preheated 350° oven until well roasted and golden, 20 minutes, give or take, shaking the sheet once or twice during roasting. Break apart, cool and serve.
Ad 1/4 cup of toasted sesame seeds to the honey mixture and proceed with the recipe. To toast sesame seeds, just slide them around a dry skillet over medium heat for few minutes, until light brown.