'Tis the season to be entertaining all the time or at least that's what it feels like at our house. Contrary to what some people think throwing a party does not have to be a stressful situation. I'm a firm believer that all you need is a cocktail and some spiced holiday nuts.
Mixed nuts are perfect for parties, they allow guests to whet their appetite without filling up. They are also easy to make, delicious to eat and fun to talk about. This holiday season I encourage you to invite a few friends over, mix up some cocktails and bring out the mixed nuts.
The recipe below from Epicurious is one I enjoy and make often.
Spiced Holiday Nuts
(courtesy of epicurious)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons (packed) light brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound raw unsalted mixed nuts
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In medium saucepan over moderately low heat, combine all ingredients except nuts. Cook, stirring frequently, until butter and sugar melt completely, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add nuts and toss well to combine.
Spread nuts on large rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring after 7 minutes, until golden and fragrant, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. (Nuts can be made up to 3 days ahead and stored at room temperature in airtight container.)