Holiday Snacks: Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts
Recipe type: Appetizer
The perfect blend of heat and caramelized sugars raise the bar on these roasted nuts. Give them as an easy gift or eat them yourself!
  • 2 pounds of Raw Nuts (single variety or mixed)
  • 1 Egg White
  • ½ tablespoon of Water
  • 1 tablespoon of Sambal Olek*
  • ⅓ cup of Packed Brown Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt/Pepper (added at the end of cooking)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and water till frothy.
  3. Add the Sambal Olek, brown sugar, black pepper and cinnamon and whisk to fully incorporate.
  4. Add the nuts and toss to coat.
  5. Pour onto the baking sheet and place in the oven.
  6. Cook for 30 minutes and then remove from the oven. Toss the nuts, scraping to loosen any nuts that have caramelized to the pan.
  7. Sprinkle with sea salt and additional cracked black pepper (to taste). If desired, for an additional kick, you can sprinkle ¼ - ½ teaspoon of ground Cayenne pepper over the nuts.
  8. Return to the oven and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  9. Remove and transfer to a wire wrack to cool or empty the nuts onto a clean sheet of parchment paper.
  10. Store in an air-tight container.
When you remove the nuts from the oven, don't be alarmed if they are soft; they will harden back up as they cool. *Sambal Olek can be found in the Asian food aisle at your grocery store.
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