Spicy-Herb Roasted Nuts

by Cynthia

It seems I am all about posting my holiday recipes right now! The one for today is a real keeper.

I have made this recipe for roasted nuts on and off for Christmas for about 10 years now. Some recipes I make every single year. Some family members would be in an uproar if I did not make them one year for some reason or another. This particular recipe however, gets made when the need or urge to have them on hand strikes me. They are so easy and really good. I like to have them out on Christmas Eve and Christmas day for everyone to snack on. They would also make a nice gift for the nut lover. I happen to have several of them in the family!

The recipe is pretty adaptable. You can change the herb used in it to something that suits your taste or you can leave out the cayenne all together if you do not like hot and spicy foods. Or you may love spicy foods so much that you can double the amount of cayenne called for and serve them with a warning label!

In the above picture, I used only pecans (mostly because that is what I had on hand) but you could do a mixture of whatever you like such as pecans, cashews, walnuts, etc.

Now for the recipe:

Spicy-Herb Roasted Nuts

  • 3 cups nuts of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more or less depending on your taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, optional (sometimes I use it sometimes I don’t)

Toss all ingredients together until well coated. Spread out in a single layer on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place in oven and bake at 350° F for about 10- 15 minutes or until fragrant. Stir every 5 minutes. It is important to keep an eye on them because they can suddenly burn if you are not careful.

Happy Holidays!

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