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Friday, November 27, 2009

Gift from the kitchen: spiced mixed nuts

Now that we have survived and experienced a Blessed Thanksgiving our minds should be turning to Christmas and gifts. You may want to give that special person a gift from the heart and one you make yourself. Here is a recipe for Spiced Nuts which would make a wonderful gift. This recipe is from the Real Simple website where you can find several other ideas for gifts from the kitchen

Spiced Nuts:

2 large egg whites
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 cups mixed unsalted raw nuts (such as walnuts, pecans, cashews, and pistachios)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan (about 1 ounces)

Heat oven to 300° F. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until foamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating until a loose meringue forms. Beat in the Old Bay Seasoning, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, and salt. .Mix in the nuts and butter, then mix in the Parmesan. Divide the nuts between 2 parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets, spreading them in a single layer. Bake, switching the baking sheets halfway through, until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.
Let cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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