Hot Nuts, Get your Hot Nuts!

10 Dec

Tamari Roasted AlmondsI am a salt fiend. A plate of cookies can sit untouched by me, but bring on the chips and nuts! Here’s a super easy recipe that you can package as a gift, take to work or eat at home…in front of late-night TV after everyone else is in bed.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw almonds
  • 1 teaspoon Tamari Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco Sauce®
  • Salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 180⁰. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the Tamari and Tabasco. Of course you can leave out the Tabasco and replace it with more Tamari, but that’s not much fun. Stir it around to combine and then swirl in the bowl to coat the bottom and lower portion of the sides.
  • Roast almonds in a heavy skillet over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until you hear them begin to crackle, about 4 minutes. When the crackling starts, stir more frequently, about every 30 seconds. You want some of the skins of the almonds to be cracked and all to have a dark brown color. Probably another 2 or 3 minutes.
  • Dump the hot almonds into the bowl with the Tamari and Tabasco and STAND BACK. The steam can be very powerful. Be careful to keep your eyes out of the direct steam as you stir the almonds around to get them coated. This is true even if you don’t add the Tabasco!
  • Once all the sauce is absorbed, pour the almonds onto the parchment paper and spread them out. Sprinkle with salt if desired. Some might say the tamari has enough salt, but not me! Suit yourself. (Note: Tamari has less salt than regular Soy Sauce.)
  • Place in the oven for about an hour or so to dry them out. This isn’t mandatory but does speed up the process a little. You can turn off the oven after 30 minutes and leave the oven door closed if you’d like. Remove and let cool for some crunchy goodness!

One key to this recipe is that you need to avoid using too much liquid. You can always add more if needed, but too much makes it hard for the almonds to dry out and therefore they’re chewier.

Enjoy!

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One Response to “Hot Nuts, Get your Hot Nuts!”

  1. mbordelon December 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    Yum. I remember when you used to bring these into the office. Thanks for sharing! They will be roasting tomorrow in my oven!

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