Check Out My Nuts

These nuts are stupid easy to make. There’s no excuse not to pull these out of the oven the moment your guests arrive for cocktail hour. And, if you’re running behind schedule, these nuts will buy you some extra time to get the appetizer and dinner courses finished.

I only recommend Irish or European butter. Despite being inhabited by bohemian commies, Europe makes the best damn butter around.

And don’t get too bent out of shape trying to find The Perfect nut balance. My favorite nuts are pecans, so I lean pretty heavily on those. Cashews are next. Almonds are a distant third. Peanuts are dead last because, no matter how great the rest of your life is, they come across as “I’ve given up.” [If you can afford pistachios, your assistants are probably reading this for you.]


Ingredients

  • 90 g, 6.5 T Irish or European butter (such as Kerrygold or Plugra)

  • 900 g, 2lbs mixed nuts

  • 25 g, 1/2 cup fresh rosemary, leaves removed from stems and minced

  • 25 g, 1/2 cup thyme, leaves removed from stems and minced

  • kosher salt, as needed


Recipe

  • 90 g, 6.5 T Irish or European butter (such as Kerrygold or Plugra)

  • 900 g, 2lbs mixed nuts

  • 25 g, 1/2 cup fresh rosemary, leaves removed from stems and minced

  • 25 g, 1/2 cup thyme, leaves removed from stems and minced

  • kosher salt, as needed

Heat your oven to 450˚F. I don’t say preheat because that word doesn’t make sense to me.

Line a baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Mix everything together in a large bowl.

Dump the nuts on the foil-lined sheet and arrange into one layer. Put the tray in the oven, lower the heat to 350˚F, and roast for 10 minutes. Rotate the sheet 180 degrees and roast for another 10 minutes.

Cool until they’re cool enough to handle without burning your face off.

Serve with Manhattans.

*In batch pictured here, the pecans were raw, but the almonds and cashews were both salted and roasted. I ended up not adding any additional salt.


Note

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 Suggested pairing:  Manhattans  Suggested pairing: Manhattans

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