Thursday, April 7, 2011

for your next party

I love nuts -- all nuts -- in almost every form. When I was deciding on appetizers to make for our New Years Day party, a recipe for sweet and spicy cocktail nuts from Dorie Greenspan's newest book caught my eye. Cal and I made these together in about 15 minutes, not counting baking time. They were a hit with adults and children alike. (I noticed a certain restaurant-owning friend eat more than one of them.) The balance between sweet and spicy is perfect; I love the bit of kick the chili powder provides. I made a second batch last weekend, when we had another family over to watch Hockey Night in Canada with us. I was asked for the recipe, so here it is, for them, for you, for anyone who may want it.

sweet and spicy cocktail nuts
by Dorie Greenspan, as published in Around My French Table

1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspooons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of cayenne
1 large egg white
2 cups nuts (whole or halves, but not small pieces), such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, or pecans, or a mix

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, or spray with cooking spray.

Mix the sugar, salt, chili powder, cinnamon and cayenne in a small bowl. Beat the egg white lightly with a fork in a larger bowl, just breaking up the white so that it's runny. Toss in the nuts and stir to coat them with the egg white, then add the sugar and spice mixture. Stir until all the nuts are evenly coated.

Lift the nuts one by one from the bowl. Let the excess egg white drip back into the bowl, and transfer them to the baking sheet, separating them as best you can.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until browned and the coating is dry. Cool for 5 minutes, then break apart as necessary, and let cool completely.

These keep for five days at room temperature.

Yield: 2 cups


Purple Flowers said...

I can imagine how delicious they are. Hope to try this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing.

cate said...

YUM!!!!! making these today. sweet and spicy is my nirvana. happy weekend, lecia!

Ina in Alaska said...

These look delicous. This is among my favorite all time treats. I will most certainly make them. They would also work well to take to the neighbors!

I had a chuckle.... they would not last 5 days at room temp at my house.... xo

Francesca said...

I love nuts too, and this recipe looks wonderful. We don't have pecans over here - in fact, I don't think I've ever had pecans, not even in the US. They grow them in Israel, and we import lots of produce from there (grapefruit, avocados, etc) but not pecans. Why?! Makes me sad ...

Francesca said...

PS I love the photo Alexi's grandfather took.

Tim said...

Yummy and tempting recipe.. thanks for sharing

Denise | Chez Danisse said...


KPiep said...

very tempting!