Monday, November 08, 2010

Union Square Cafe's Bar Nuts

Did you miss me? I've been buried with work and life, but will try and do better in posting so that I can pass on some great recipes and entertaining tips as we jump into the holiday season. Here's a great one....

I have several spicy nut mixture recipes I use...usually involving brown sugar and a pinch or two each of cinnamon and cayenne. This one kicks things up by adding rosemary. They're addictive.

Union Square Cafe's Bar Nuts

2 1/4 cups (18-ounces) assorted unsalted nuts, including peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans and whole unpeeled almonds
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons Maldon or other sea salt (I used kosher salt with fine results.)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine and spread them out on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven until light golden brown, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, sugar, salt and melted butter.

Thoroughly toss the toasted nuts in the spiced butter and serve warm.

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