Who can resist a tantalizing bowl of spicy nuts? Barring any severe nut allergies, I’d wager the answer is that nobody can resist spicy nuts! Especially these magical nuts spiced by my men’s group friend, Alex. Alex has been doing all kinds of nut spicing over the years, and I think he’s come up with a winning recipe. It’s simple, not too fussy, and goes great with a little bit of bourbon or other evening beverage. My wife Kendra can’t get enough of these nuts.
The secret to this recipe, I think, is to get your nuts nice and toasted in the oven before anything else. When your house starts to smell like nuts, you know you’re on the right track. Don’t burn them though! That would be the wrong track. Once the nuts emerge from the oven, Alex tosses them in a pan with spices and bourbon mixed with sugar and vanilla which helps give the whole mixture a delicious sweet & spicy combo. You’re going to love Alex’s nuts!
Here’s Alex showing how it’s done:
Spicy Nuts Recipe:
1.5 Cups raw pecans
2 Tbs. Macadamia nut oil. (or peanut or vegetable will do in a pinch)
Splash of sesame oil
1/4 Cup Bourbon
2 Tbs Sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
One thing about serving nuts is that you really need the right dish. Kendra and I got this monkey nut dish as a gift once, and we just love the way the monkeys lord over the nuts in the bowl below.
You can also use the bowl for fruit if you’d like, but really, it’s about spicy nuts!