Today I was trying to do some Spring cleaning by going through my pantry and I came across a few un-opened bags of different nuts. My first thought was to make some garam masala spiced nuts, but wanted to try a different mix. A few weeks ago we went to a pizza party here in Brooklyn and the host made spiced nuts with pimenton (smoked Spanish paprika) and they were so tasty and highly addictive! I forgot to ask for the recipe so here is my version.
I combined almonds, walnuts and pecans but use whatever nut combination you want, even using just one kind is fine. Play around with the amounts according to your taste. If you want a sweet snack add more honey or if you want a hint of spice, a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili powder will do the trick.
Spiced Nuts with Pimenton Recipe
3 cups nuts (I mixed pecans, almonds and walnuts)
1 tablespoon pimenton or smoked paprika
2-3 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or agave nectar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with silpat or parchment paper. Combine pimenton, honey, olive oil and salt in a bowl, then add nuts and mix until well-combined.
Spread nut mixture out evenly onto the baking sheet. Bake until toasted and fragrant, stirring occasionally, for about 30-35 minutes. Cool nuts completely before serving.
Total Time: 35-40 minutes
Yield: 3 cups
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