My friend Lacey is no joke when it comes to nuts. I recently had a little poker gathering at my place and she brought over her spicy roasted nuts and all you could hear were sounds of pleasure from everyone munching on them. They were all the rage and I was just as blown away by this bowl of nuts as everybody else was. I twisted her arm to not only share her recipe with me, but to come over and make them so I could write down all the measurements and share them with you, my dear confidants. Here is the uber-delish recipe Miss Lacey agreed to part with.
In the words of Lacey, “Make sure to pull your hair back while making these nuts…. No one likes hairy nuts!”
Ingredients for spicy nuts:
6 – cups unsalted nuts (we used almonds, pecans, cashews, and pistachios)
1/2 – cup unsalted butter
1/2 – heaping cup brown sugar
1/3 – cup fresh rosemary (chopped)
5 – teaspoons cayenne red pepper
1 1/2 – teaspoons salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set to the side.
In a large mixing bowl add nuts. Mix well.
In a sauce pan over a medium flame add butter just to melt. Then pour the melted butter into the nuts and mix well.
Next add in brown sugar and mix well. Now add the rosemary and cayenne pepper, and mix well. Lastly add salt and give it a final stir.
Lay out nuts on cookie sheet and bake for 23 to 25 minutes.
When you first pull nuts out of the oven, they will be a bit chewy. They harden as they cool. Allow to cool for 20 minutes then dig in!