Your cocktail party savior has arrived.
And its name is Curry-Rosemary Roasted Mixed Nuts. These delicious, exotically spiced little nibbles are the hors d’oeuvres of your dreams and, judging by how quickly they disappeared when I brought them into the office, they’ll be the hit of any party you bring them to.
Speaking of parties, we’re soooo excited to be heading to one more wedding this weekend before our own big day. We’re off to see some of the first friends I met in Napa tie the knot at the beautiful winery the Bride works at on Spring Mountain. You may have seen the view show up just a couple of times on my Instagram feed 😉
We’re really looking forward to spending some time up in Wine Country celebrating someone else for once, as it seems we’ve spent most of our last few trips up North completely dedicated to planning our own wedding. We’re looking forward to relaxing, eating, drinking, and of course celebrating! Let me tell you, my Napa friends certainly know how to celebrate!
Alright, I know I digressed there for a minute, but it all ties in to the reason for this post: the legit celebration-worthiness of these Curry-Rosemary Roasted Mixed Nuts. The bright yellow from the curry powder and pop of green from the fresh rosemary make these both look AND taste incredibly festive. The best part is that, aside from the nuts, there are only FIVE ingredients, most of which you will already have on hand in your pantry or refrigerator.
Literally, all you will need is:
You choose! I personally just threw together a mish-mash of whatever nuts I had taking up space in my pantry, which consisted of pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews and macadamia nuts.
In past recipes I’ve relied solely on butter, but since we’re on a healthy kick (and since coconut pairs perfectly with curry) I knew this would be the perfect substitute.
Because we always need a little balance of sweet and spicy, right?
If you don’t have one already, you should most definitely be growing a rosemary plant in your garden. I speak from experience, those things grow like weeds (especially in California) and are REALLY hard to kill (I speak from experience.)
Sprinkle of Sea Salt
Because a little salt goes a long way.
THE star ingredient of the show!
Pretty easy, right? Not only does this recipe require very few ingredients, it takes almost no time to make. The longest wait you’ll have is for the nuts roasting to their golden delicious perfection in the oven.
We already know that these Curry-Rosemary Roasted Mixed Nuts will be the star of your next cocktail hour, but they’d also be the perfect addition to a summer picnic basket. They’re healthy, portable and don’t need to be kept in the refrigerator. Sounds like picnic food to me!
Or, you could just whip up a batch and keep a Tupperware stashed in your desk drawer at work for the perfect, protein-packed afternoon snack. Just be sure not to tell your coworkers or they might disappear!
So, if nothing else on your Monday night, at least go whip up some Curry-Rosemary Roasted Mixed Nuts. I guarantee they will put you in a better mood for the rest of the week!
A healthy, flavorful and protein-packed appetizer of mixed nuts roasted in a delicious blend of coconut oil, honey, fresh rosemary and curry powder. The perfect addition to any cocktail party or picnic!
- 4 cups of mixed nuts (I used a combination of pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews and macadamia nuts)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- Sprinkle of sea salt
- 2 teaspoons curry powder (I prefer this one)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take a large jelly roll pan and line it with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients (nuts to curry powder) and stir to combine.
- Pour nut mixture onto jelly roll pan, spreading out in an even layer for uniform roasting.
- Roast at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (you may want to open the oven and give the nuts a little stir about halfway through to make sure all sides get roasted.) Let cool slightly before serving.
Wine Pairing Notes: Because there’s a little bit of spice to these nuts, a slightly off-dry Riesling would pair wonderfully. You’d also do well with an oaked Chardonnay to bring out the nutty flavors.
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