Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Glazed Nuts

4 cups nuts (whichever you choose: pecans, walnuts or almonds etc.)
1 egg white
1/3 cup white granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350. Spread nuts in pan and bake 8-10 minutes until lightly toasted. Remove and cool for 30 minutes. Reduce oven to 300 degrees.

Grease baking pan.  (You can use two 9x13 pans or one half sheet pan.)  In a bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Whisk in sugars, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Stir in nuts until well coated. Spread nuts into baking pan(s) in a single layer.

Bake for 10 minutes, remove and stir to separate if nuts are stuck together. Return to oven for another 10-12 minutes until they are a pale golden brown and appear dry. Remove and let sit for 3-5 minutes.

When nuts begin to harden, quickly loosen from pan and spread on wax paper to cool. Nuts can be frozen for storage. Enjoy! The smell is terrific!

From whence it came:  A wonderful gal named Katrina Preece shared this recipe with me.  And now I'm sharing it with y'all.  And you need to get ready to say "Thank you, Katrina and Pam."  "Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!"  "How can we every properly thank you?"  Mostly you should thank Katrina because she is the genius who found this recipe.  But you can thank me if you must, because now I'm sharing it with you.  And you're welcome!

Why it's blogable:  If someone told me that I could only post my top ten favorite recipes on this little blog, I would have to put this one on the list.  Seriously.  That's how good this recipe is, and that's how much I love it.  First of all, the aroma that will fill your home as they cook will make you drool.  I'm not kidding.  You should wear a bib while they cook because those drool marks can be embarrassing.  I'm speaking from experience.  Then, as if smelling them wasn't enough, wait until you taste them.  Brace yourself.  Sit yourself down on a chair because your knees will weaken when the first nut makes contact with your taste buds.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

What to do with 'em:  There are a few options.  The first is to sit down on the couch and eat the whole batch.  If you have the strength to avoid option one, you can put them in a salad.  That's my favorite thing to do with them.  Here's whatcha do...use fresh cut Romaine lettuce, baked and chopped chicken that you've seasoned with a little bit of salt and pepper, fresh strawberries cut in quarters, a few very thin slices of red onion and some feta cheese.  Oh baby!  Plop these nuts on top and drizzle with a sweet poppy seed dressing, or a raspberry vinaigrette.  Or just go back to option one and sit on the couch and eat all the nuts.  Either way, you're taste buds will do the happy dance!

Click here to get the printable:
Glazed Nuts

Hope you enjoy stirring it up!

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