It’s amazing what a little something extra can do to a party staple. The mister and I were planning what to serve at our New Years Eve party this year and had plenty of delicious desserts planned, but were stumped on some finger foods. Mixed nuts are always such a hit, especially on a night when copious amounts of champagne tend to be consumed!, but I wanted to do a little something to jazz them up a bit. We all put on our party clothes for the night so it seems fitting that the mixed nuts do too!
The only negative to these is that they are highly addictive! I am afraid to admit I ate an embarrassing amount!
From Emeril Lagasse
-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-4 cups unsalted mixed nuts; we used cashews, pecans, and almonds
-4 tablespoons unsalted butter
-6 tablespoons brown sugar
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 tablespoon water
-Heat the nuts in a dry skillet and cook, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add the butter and cook, stirring until the nuts begin to darken, about 2 minutes. Add the spices, the sugar, water, and salt. Stir until the sauce thickens and the nuts are glazed, about 6 minutes.
-Line a baking sheet with foil. Remove the nuts from the heat and transfer to the baking sheet. Allow them to cool and the sugar to harden, about 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container.