These spiced nuts are the perfect appetizer for any cocktail party – they’re full of spices and fresh rosemary and will definitely disappear quickly!
Today, we’re reaching way back into my (personal) archives and pulling out a cozy, spicy recipe just in time for all of our fall celebrations. I started making these at the restaurant I worked at in Hawaii, when we were searching for yummy snacks that didn’t necessarily take up a lot of refrigerator space. Since then they’ve turned into my go-to spiced nuts recipe, and every time I think I should try a different recipe I just can’t help myself and pull out my old, oil- and water-stained recipe notebook.
These Spiced Rosemary Bar Nuts are just a tad addictive. With the classic combination of spicy and sweet, and the savory rosemary thrown in to counteract everything perfectly, you will not be able to stop at just one, or five, or ten. Guaranteed.
The other great part is that they’re EASY. Roast the nuts, melt the butter, stir everything together, and bam! You have a very classy contribution to a cocktail party, or just a delicious snack to enjoy while watching late-night TV. No one’s judging here.
I’ve left the amount of cayenne a bit ambiguous, as everyone’s capacity for spice is different. The first time I made this, I used the full two teaspoons of cayenne and, although it wasn’t unmanageable, it was a little higher on the spice than I wanted so I toned it down a little the next time. Feel free to adjust as needed!
What are your favorite, easy snacks to bring to cocktail parties? I’m dying to add some to my arsenal for the upcoming holiday season!
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These spiced nuts are the perfect appetizer for any cocktail party - they're full of spices and fresh rosemary and will definitely disappear quickly!
- 2 cups mixed nuts (unsalted)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 tablespoons rosemary (remove leaves from sprig but do not chop them up)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spread nuts out on a jelly roll pan and place in preheated oven for approximately 7 minutes, or until fragrant.
While the nuts are in the oven, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted, remove from heat and stir in brown sugar and cayenne.
Remove nuts from oven and place in a medium bowl. Pour butter mixture over nuts and stir to coat. Stir in rosemary.
These are best served warm!
Get in ma belly.
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