Fun Ways to Spice Up Nuts for Parties
Opening a pack of mixed nuts and tossing it in a bowl does little to excite party guests. For your next party, try using fun mixed nut recipes that get everyone standing around the bowl. Dress things up by serving the nuts in small silver dishes or for a larger crowd, use decorative ceramic bowls. Use spices and ingredients you already have in the house and your favorite brand of nuts.
Sweet and Salty
For a sweet and spicy nut blend, toss roasted mixed nuts on a sheet of parchment paper. Melt ½ cup chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. Add one teaspoon of butter or heavy cream, if the chocolate looks too thick. Drizzle the melted chocolate with a fork and sprinkle sea salt over the top. After the chocolate cools, break apart any chunks and serve. Customize the recipes based on your own preferences. Use white chocolate or dark chocolate in placed of the chocolate chips, or use a mixture of all three. You can even drizzle a combination of melted caramel and chocolate over the top.
Spicy, Spicy Nuts
Melt a few tablespoons butter in a frying pan or skillet. Once the butter melts, turn down the stove and add two cups mixed nuts or your favorite brand of nuts. Stir the nuts with a plastic or wood spoon, until the nuts turn golden brown. Sprinkle a few teaspoons of cayenne pepper over the nuts, or use hot sauce. Use your own preference when picking the heat level. Stir to combine the ingredients and pour the nuts on a paper towel. Once the extra butter drains off and the nuts feel cool to the touch, serve.
Kettle-Cooked Mixed Nuts
Melt one tablespoon butter in a large skillet and add two cups mixed nuts. Sprinkle two tablespoons of granulated sugar over the top and cook over a low heat. As the sugar melts into the butter, it adds a reach caramel flavor to the nuts. Remove the nuts from the heat and dry on sheets of paper towels. Once the sugar and butter mixture dries, it creates a thick kettle popcorn-like texture on the nuts.
Spicy and Sweet
Separate one large egg, placing the egg white in a small bowl. Add one teaspoon cayenne pepper and ½ cup packed brown sugar. Stir until the ingredients are well combined and add two to three cups of mixed nuts. Mix until the ingredients coat each nut and transfer to a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake the nuts at 350 degrees, checking every minute after ten minutes pass. Remove the nuts once they turn golden brown and let cool before serving.
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