I always look forward to spicy nuts during the holidays – such a nice change from sugary treats. These are Anne’s creation, a variation from an Epicurious recipe – so good that I have been craving them all year and I couldn’t wait to make them for Christmas this year. The spiciness is balanced by the coolness of the crystallized ginger and craisins. Yum.
Make up a couple of big batches to give to all the neighbors, and be sure to make plenty extra – – they’re very addicting!
FIRE AND ICE SPICED NUTS
2 teaspoons of each of the following spices:
Chinese Five Spice, Cinnamon, Ginger, cumin
1 teaspoon of each of the following:
chipotle chile powder (or smoked paprika),
garlic powder, kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon molasses
2 large egg whites, beaten until frothy
6 cup total mixed nuts
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup crystallized ginger, minced
1/2 cup craisins, diced
Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Stir all spices together with molasses and egg whites. Toss with nuts. Spread on baking sheets so that nuts are in a single layer.
Roast for 90 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and toss with crystallized ginger and craisins. Spread out to cool completely.
— posted by Donna