spiced party nuts

2010 March 23

I’ve been thinking for awhile about what I should do with some left over nuts from Christmas just chillin’ in my freezer.  I love nuts on salads, just for a snack, or something to nibble on when company is over, but these needed some jazzing up! However, I do have a confession.  I’ve never really been a fan of the spiced Chex mix stuff everyone makes for holiday parties.  So, it never dawned on me that I might really like spicing these nuts up and baking ‘em for a bit.  But, after looking through, “Bride & Groom Cookbook” that I received as a wedding present, if found this recipe and did just that.  A little shake of this, and little shake of that and I had a great little snack! (was that too much?) :)

party nut mix-2-4


You’ll Need:

2 c. pecan/cashews/peanuts/almonds..(feel free to mix them up too)

2tsp. garlic powder

2tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. seasoning salt such as Lawry’s

1 tsp. sugar

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (this is to taste, so if you like the heat…add a bit more!)

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1/2 tsp. liquid smoke

Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Melt butter and combine the Worcestershire sauce, butter and liquid smoke in bowl.  Add the pecans and stir to coat.  Combine the onion powder, garlic powder, seasoning salt, sugar and cayenne.  Sprinkle over the nuts and stir to coat nuts evenly.  Spread the nuts in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake until nuts are try and toasted, 30-40 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving.
These are great for a quick party snack or put them in a jar, tie a bow and give it to someone as a friendly gift!

Party On!


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