Spicy Almonds

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We love to snack on raw almonds. All day, everyday. But once in a great while, we crave spicy, garlicky and really salty versions. I tried making them using olive oil, cooking spray and even melted butter but for some reason, the spices do not stay on the nuts.  After the nuts have cooled off out of the oven, we find the spices at the bottom of the pan.

This recipe came from an article I read from some old magazine. It was so old I don’t even remember which magazine was it! The article just mentioned in passing using egg to coat the nuts before baking.  So here’s my experimental spicy nuts, using egg white wash.  The first batch turned out okay.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb raw almonds
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 tbs chilli powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbs garlic powder
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs dried rosemary

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, lightly beat egg white and water until foamy.
  2. Add almonds and stir until all coated.  Place on a strainer to drain (about 3 minutes)
  3. In another bowl, mix all spices.  Add almonds and stir to coat.
  4. Preheat oven to 250F.  Place almonds on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake for 40 minutes.
  5. Stir almonds using spatula and then spread again in one layer.  Bake for another 30 minutes.
  6. Loosen the almonds with spatula but leave on the baking sheet until cool.
  7. Store in airtight container.

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» Elyse said: { Mar 10, 2009 - 12:03 }

It’s amazing what an egg wash can do! When I was making candied almonds, I used an egg wash to get the cinnamon and sugar to stick. It works like a charm. I’m totally craving this salty and spicy treat now! Almonds are so delicious!!

» Michelle said: { Mar 10, 2009 - 03:03 }

Mmmm. I’ll add this to my recipe for spiced pecans and I’ll be able to give out an assortment at Christmas time. I love it!
Thanks!
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» dee said: { Mar 10, 2009 - 07:03 }

This sounds great, especially since I have a bunch of almonds in the fridge that I want to fix for appetizer food. But, I wonder why you said it turned out “ok”? That makes me wonder how happy you were with the outcome. Was there something you would do differently next time? Thanks, D

» virtual chef said: { Mar 10, 2009 - 08:03 }

D: Maybe I should have added that the next batch was better and really, really good because I added more crushed chili pepper. That is probably the only thing that I would do differently. Or maybe experiment with different spices. The first batch was ok– just not as spicy as my husband wanted it to be. :)

» Tangled Noodle said: { Mar 10, 2009 - 09:03 }

These would be great with a cold beer! 8-) Actually, it’s still too cold here to enjoy a chilled beer so I will just let the heat of the spice warm me up.


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