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Monday, February 17, 2014

Rosemary Cayenne Nuts

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Rosemary Cayenne Nuts

My mom's been making these nuts for years, but from here on out they will forever remind me of Christmas 2013. This year we introduced some of our family to the board game Settlers of Catan, and then proceeded to set a record for most games of Catan played in the shortest period of time. I actually sat out the initial game, when my brother and parents were first learning, and instead played the part of "consultant" and "bringer of snacks". When you're busy building roads and settlements, there is no time for breaks to run to the kitchen....hence where I came in!
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These rosemary cayenne nuts were one of the snacks I brought to the table, leftover from Christmas Eve appetizers the night before. The bowl of nuts made its way around the table a heck of a lot more quickly than the dice did! And thankfully, the sweet and spicy nuts provided enough fuel to last everyone through a marathon game. I'm starting to think these might be a new requirement for all Settlers of Catan games!

Board game lover or not, you don't want to miss out on these nuts. They're the perfect party appetizer (and can be made ahead...in less than 15 minutes!), hostess gift (bring in a pretty dish!), or snack for you to hoard for yourself (I won't tell!). Enjoy!

One Year Ago: Raspberry Shortbread Bars
Two Years Ago: Carrot Ginger Soup and Chubby Hubby Rice Krispie Treats
Three Years Ago: Leek and Mushroom Tart and Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Chili
Four Years Ago: Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte 

Rosemary Cayenne Nuts
from Food Network

-2 1/4 cups assorted raw unsalted nuts
-2 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
-2 tsp dark brown sugar
-2 tsp sea salt
-1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Combine nuts in a large bowl before spreading on rimmed baking sheet. Toast in oven for 10 minutes, until light golden brown.
2. In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, salt, and butter, mixing to combine. Remove nuts from oven and toss to combine. Spread on wax paper to cool before serving.