Stumbling upon Ina whipping up these nuts one day, I knew I had to bring them to the holiday party. My only complaint… where’s the booze girl? I added bourbon to mine, and a few tablespoons of Vermont Maple Liquer Sapling. If you can find this in your area… get it, it’s amazing!
This nuts pack some serious punch with the chipotle powder and an unexpected depth of flavor from rosemary and bourbon. They’re super yummy… make two batches, they’d make a great present for anyone not allergic to nuts… and/or awesomeness!
This recipe comes from Ina’s book, Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips. She’s so wonderful and fabulous, and I’m sure that we’d be the best of friends… should I ever move to Connecticut or the Hamptons.
Bourbon Chipotle & Rosemary Spiced Nuts
3 cups whole roasted unsalted cashews (14 ounces)
2 cups whole walnut halves (7 ounces)
2 cups whole pecan halves (7 ounces)
1/2 cup whole almonds (3 ounces)
1⁄3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup bourbon (I used Knob Creek)
3 tablespoons Maple Liquer
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons ground chipotle powder*
4 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves, divided
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Brush a sheet pan generously with vegetable oil. Combine the cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, the maple syrup, brown sugar, bourbon, maple liquer, orange juice, and chipotle powder on the sheet pan. Toss to coat the nuts evenly. Add 2 tablespoons of the rosemary and 2 teaspoons of salt and toss again.
Spread the nuts in one layer. Roast the nuts for 25 minutes, stirring twice with a large metal spatula, until the nuts are glazed and golden brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with 2 more teaspoons of salt and the remaining 2 tablespoons of rosemary.
Toss well and set aside at room temperature, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking as they cool. Taste for seasoning. Serve warm or cool completely and store in airtight containers at room temperature.
*Chipotle chile powder is different from ordinary chili powder– it’s ground dried smoked jalapeños and has a distinctive hot, smoky, sweet flavor.