When we entertain, I don't want my guests to fill up on appetizers before dinner so I'm always looking for unusual "nibbles" that will just start the evening off, leaving room for the dinner to shine. These nuts fill the bill perfectly. They complement a cold drink, don't impair conversation, and have wonderful unusual flavors - the smokey heat of chipotle chili powder, the sweetness of maple syrup and light brown sugar, and the piney aroma of fresh rosemary. When making this recipe, I can't underscore enough the importance of "tossing" the nuts in the pan numerous times after they're removed from the oven and before they're completely cool, They will stick ... to the pan as well as to each other if this is not done. Once cool, there is no problem. Don't worry about cleanup, that sticky stuff is sugar, it melts under hot water. Enjoy!
Chipotle & Rosemary Roasted Nuts
2 plus tablespoons of vegetable oil, divided
3 cups whole roasted unsalted or lightly cashews (14 ounces)
2 cups whole walnuts halves (7 ounces)
2 cups whole pecan halves (7 ounces)
½ cup whole almonds (3 ounces)
⅓ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder
4 tablespoons minced (with a knife not a blender or food processor) rosemary leaves, divided
- Preheat the oven to 350 ℉.
- Brush sheet paper generously with vegetable oil.
- Combine the cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, the maple syrup, brown sugar, orange juice, and chipotle powder in a large bowl. Mix well to coat the nuts evenly.
- Add 2 tablespoons of the rosemary and 2 teaspoons of salt and toss again.
- Once well mixed pour onto the sheet pan and spread out in one layer.
- Roast the nuts for 25 minutes, stirring twice with a large metal spatula, until the nuts are glazed and golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle with 2 more teaspoons of salt (if needed) and the remaining 2 tablespoons of rosemary. Toss well and set aside at room temperature, tossing and stirring often to prevent sticking as they cool.
- Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Thank you once again Ina Garten. "How Easy is That?" Really easy ... and good.