Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas Appetizer #2: Spicy Baked Almonds

In a selection of appetizers, it's important to have a variety of different textures from each appetizer to enhance the food experience. And these spicy baked almonds are a perfect crunchy addition to any holiday array of appetizers and hors d'oeuvres. This is another super easy appetizer that can be thrown together very quickly and that's delicious as well. You can use any variety of raw nuts such as cashews, peanuts, pistachios, or a combination of the three. Also, you can make these nuts sweet by adding cinnamon, nutmeg, and more honey instead of paprika and cayenne pepper. Plus these baked almonds aren't just great for parties but they also make a healthy, delicious snack for anytime.

2 cups raw almonds
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 heaped tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp honey 
a pinch of salt and pepper 

Preheat your oven to 325ºF

Line a baking tray with parchment paper

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until the almonds are well-coated in the seasoning

Pour the almonds onto the baking tray then bake them in the oven for 15 minutes until the almonds are golden brown and toasted

Allow them to cool down then serve them in a festive bowl

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