All Things Nuts

Every recipe with nuts that we haven’t posted yet. I’m sure we missed a couple.

Spicy Nuts

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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Five Spice
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups nuts
  • ½ cup sugar
  • tablespoons salt
  • teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  • Heat oil over medium in a heavy pot. Add nuts, sprinkle ½ cup sugar.
  • Saute until sugar carmelizes.
  • Remove to heavy metal bowl, toss immediately with salt, cumin, pepper, and 1 T sugar. Store airtight.

Sugar Walnuts

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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Five Spice
Servings: 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 4 cups walnut pieces
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

  • Heat wok to medium-high.
  • Add nuts.
  • Add sugar in 1/4s, tossing and stirring after each addition. The trick is to melt the sugar onto the nuts rather than burn it on.
  • Cool completely before storing covered.

Maple Spiced Nuts

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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Five Spice, Vegetarian
Servings: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup pecans (whole)

Instructions

  • Heat maple syrup, butter, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecans in a heavy frying pan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until mixture begins to boil.
  • Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Spread nut mixture on baking sheet. Place baking sheet on rack to cool. When completely cool, break into shards.

Walnut Butter

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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Five Spice

Ingredients

  • 1 pound walnuts (preferably organic)
  • ¼ cup olive oil (the good stuff)
  • salt (kosher – to taste)

Instructions

  • Process till smooth. Taste and add more oil and salt as you like.Store in a jar in the refrigerator.

Ground Cashews for Chicken Nilgiri

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Course: Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine: Five Spice, Indian
Servings: 32 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cashews (ground to fine powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper

Instructions

  • Mix well.

Spicy Almond Snack

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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Five Spice, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 cups

Ingredients

  • 6 cups almonds (in skin)
  • 2 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne (to taste)
  • teaspoon black pepper (optional – but advised)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (kosher)

Instructions

  • Blanch almonds in skin. As soon as you can touch them, peel eachalmond by squeezing it, aiming into a good size mixing bowl.
  • Toss with fish sauce and oil.
  • Toss well with remaining ingredients.
  • In a 215-degree oven (i.e., less than 250) roast one or more trays, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Careful not to burn, particularly from halfway through.
  • Store in airtight container, a week or more. In humid weather they’ll get soggy sooner.

Garlic Almonds

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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Five Spice, Vegan, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups almonds (in skin)
  • 2 fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (prepped)
  • cayenne (optional – to taste)
  • cumin (optional – to taste)
  • salt (kosher)

Instructions

  • Blanch almonds in skin (about 15 seconds). As soon as you can touch them, peel each almond by squeezing it, aiming into a good size mixing bowl. Drain and rinse in cool water.
  • Toss with fish sauce, salt, and garlic powder (and optional cayenne and cumin).
  • Spread on a cookie sheet, one layer.
  • Roast at 225-250F till golden tan, stirring with hands every 5-8 minutes.

Notes

Notes: 
  • What about melted butter?
  • liquid smoke

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