I thought after two months of posting only hors d’oeuvres and finger foods I might get requests for something different, but all the feedback I am getting is asking me to continue until the holidays are over. Whenever I serve cocktails, I serve nuts along with my typical hors d’oeuvre display. Bars serve salted nuts to make you thirsty so you’ll buy more drinks, but I always serve nuts because I believe drinks and nuts complement one another. Today I’m giving you the recipe for two of my favorite nuts.
The Glazed Pecans have a sweet and tart flavor. The Union Square Café’s Bar Nuts are sweet, salty and spicy with the added flavor of fresh Rosemary….two very different flavor profiles. I must admit, I like the Glazed Pecans better, but every time I serve the Union Square Café’s Bar Nuts, men can’t tear themselves away.
§ 1 cup pecan halves
§ 1/4 cup brown sugar
§ 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
§ 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
In a large skillet over medium heat, stir brown sugar, oil and balsamic vinegar for about 2 -3 minutes until the sugar melts and syrup bubbles.
Mix in the pecan halves and stir until the nuts are toasted and syrup coats them evenly, about 4 -5 minutes.
Turn nuts out onto the prepared parchment paper and separate the nuts using 2 forks, dragging them out of any puddled liquid.
Cool completely. Nuts can be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container.
§ 2 1/4 cups (18-ounces) assorted unsalted nuts, including peeled peanuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans and whole unpeeled almonds
§ 2 Tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
§ 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
§ 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
§ 2 teaspoons sea salt
§ 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine and spread them out on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven until light golden brown, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, sugar, salt and melted butter. Thoroughly toss the toasted nuts in the spiced butter and serve warm and Enjoy!
For a printer friendly copy of this recipe, got to Nuts, Nuts, Nuts. Enjoy!