May 25, 2011

Oven-roasted nuts

No one does roasted nuts quite like Americans. I am not a big nut lover, in fact two cashews are about my limit, however, I have been known to eat more than my usual two when roasted.

Nic on the other hand loves them! He will happily pop handfuls into his mouth and think nothing of it, as do Max and Alex. When we had friends around the other night I was thinking of ideas as to what I could serve with pre-dinner drinks. I had planned on stuffing dates (that blog will be along shortly) but needed something to compliment yet not over shadow the dates. Perhaps it was Nic's suggestion, I'm not too sure but somehow I ended up serving sweet/chili nuts that would of impressed my American friends.
When we lived in the States I use to get served salads that contained nuts. My first thought was always- Oh great! but as I started eating I realised the nuts were interfered with and in my option it's the only way to go!

I'd love to tell you a funny story or have more to add but to tell you the truth, I'm exhausted from a big week in the kitchen and I have to be up at five something tomorrow morning, so I will leave you with this very easy and tasty recipe I happened to concoct. I am sure it could be played with to taste even better but I have to say I was pleased with this and even managed to eat a few myself!

Oven roasted nuts
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup raw walnuts
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
3-4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss to combine.  Line the tray with grease proof paper and place nut mix on the tray and spread evenly.
Bake for 10 minutes, toss with a spatula, cook for a further 7 minutes, toss again and then cool and serve with totally cold.

The boys are loving these for an after school snack.


Mal Streeter said...

Looks good, didn't know you were not a nut fan! Didn't get that from your dad!

Susie said...

I never thought of adding the sesame seeds. It makes me think about flax seeds, which I am not a fan of, but I buy this almond butter that has roasted flax seeds and it is delicious, and I think the brown sugar might adhere them a little. I may make some for Memorial Day cocktails....