Father time is waiting in the wings to remind us that a new year is on the way. With that in mind, I’m here to say “Cheers To The New Year“. As we count down the hours until the arrival of 2014, I though I would pour two flutes of champagne to celebrate the approaching new year. Of course, a little nibble to go along with the bubbly is always nice and I thought some spicy roasted mixed nuts would be appropriate for the occasion.
Whether you are having a sophisticated black tie affair with passed canapés, jammed into Time Square to watch the ball drop or are staying home to watch fireworks where you live, one thing that is hard to resist is a handful of nuts to nibble during the celebrations.
Spiced Roasted Mixed Nuts
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
- 2 1/2 lb. fancy mixed nuts (about 8 cups, mine were salted)
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tbsp. water
- 8 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. powdered ginger
- 1 tsp. cayenne
- 1 tsp. cumin
Combine the brown sugar and spices together in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the spices to your liking. (If the nuts you bought were unsalted, add about 1 tsp. salt.) In a large bowl whip the egg white and water until frothy. Add the nuts and toss until they are completely covered. Sprinkle in the sugar and spice mixture and mix until well coated. Spread out on two Silpat or parchment lined baking sheets in a thin layer and place in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, stir once, until nuts are golden…watching so they don’t burn.
As this year comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to all the readers who have visited my blog this year. Whether you are a regular or have just stopped by occasionally, I have appreciated your kind words about my recipes, my travels along the back roads of Europe and New England and our homes and gardens. I look forward to the new year and I hope you will continue to follow along. Let’s celebrate the passing of 2013 and welcome 2014 with eager anticipation. I hope that all your dreams will turn into realities in the coming year so let’s say “Cheers To The New Year”.