Candied Taos Nuts
My family goes nutz for these nuts! These are addictive with a hint of New Mexico flavor! You can use any assortment of nuts you have on hand or just pick out your favorite ones. I like to start with unsalted nuts so I can control the salt content otherwise it would be too easy for the combined salt to overpower the other flavors. You can omit the rosemary leaves if you don't have them handy in your RV. You can also substitute any spices you like, but this mixture sure is a good one and I normally have all of those spices in my RV pantry anyway.
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups of unsalted mixed nuts; for example
1/2 cup blanched whole almonds
1/2 cup whole cashews
1/2 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts
1/2 cup shelled whole pecans
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Tablespoon fresh roughly chopped rosemary leaves (optional)
In a large skillet over low heat melt the butter and sugar. It is Ok if the sugar is not melted at this point. If the butter starts browning the heat is too high. Add spices and nuts. Stir constantly until the sugar is completely melted, the nuts are evenly coated and starting to brown. Remove the pan from the heat, add the fresh rosemary and toss. Spread the nuts out onto parchment paper to cool and prevent sticking before serving. These nuts can be stored in a zip-top bag at room temperature for weeks but I doubt it will matter because they are so yummy.
Serves: 2 to 8
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