I love sweet, spicy nuts - to snack on, to top my salads, and to give as holiday gifts. In the last several years, I have made candied pecans and spicy brittled peanuts, but last week a new recipe caught my eye. It is from David Lebovitz, one of my favorite food bloggers/cookbook authors, and when I saw that he called this one of his "greatest hits," I knew I needed to pay attention. And after making it, I'm quite sure this is going to become a holiday tradition for me.
The full recipe can be found here. Instead of re-typing it here, I will just give you a quick rundown. You toast two cups of your favorite raw nuts (I used a combination of pecans, cashews, and almonds) for ten minutes at 350, then mix them with melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and maple syrup. Add 2 cups of mini pretzels (I used Trader Joe's Multi-Grain Pretzel Nuggets, which worked quite well, although the original recipe calls for mini twists) and 1 tablespoon flaky sea salt (such as Maldon), and return everything to the oven to toast for another 15 minutes or so. If the pretzels you are using are especially salty, you may want to reduce the amount of added salt. This is a wonderfully easy recipe, and I haven't been able to stop sneaking handfuls - so much for the hostess gift I was planning to bring to our Christmas celebration later this week! Happy holidays!