Friday, December 7, 2012

Easy flavored nuts

I love smoked almonds. Making your own is  super easy with surprisingly few ingredients.

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smoked garlic almonds

1 egg white
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons celery salt
2 cups whole raw almonds

Mix egg white and spices together
toss in the nuts. Strain off any excess egg mix
Spread  nuts on a baking tray lined with parchment paper
bake in a low 275 degree oven for 40 minutes stirring halfway through

Lemon spiced pecans

2 egg whites
2 Tablespoons lemon zest
mix together, then  add
1 pound (4 cups pecan halves)
strain out the pecans to get rid of excess egg. Coat with spiced sugar mix

sugar mix
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons lemon juice

bake on a parchement paper lined baking sheet in a low 250 degree oven for 35 minutes

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Orange glazed pecans

1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
3 Tablespoons orange juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of cloves
a pinch of nutmeg
2 cups pecan halves

mix all but nuts in a medium saucepan. bring the mix to a boil stiring only once if needed to help disolve the sugar.
add the nuts, bringing it back to a boil without stirring.
Remove from the heat and stir to evenly coat the nuts.
Spread the nuts out on a greased baking sheet. Seperate the nuts with a fork. Let cool completely.

I enjoy making my own spiced nuts. They are so easy and you get a nice clean flavor. No artifical flavors or colors, no msg, just a nice flavorful healthy nut.