Wednesday, June 6, 2012

recipe: Dana's secret spiced nuts

Stumped for what to buy Dad for Father’s Day this year?  Why not create something edible for him instead? 

If Dad adores sweets, he’s sure to appreciate some home-baked treats such as brownies, oatmeal cookies or a fruit filled pie.  

If he loves to barbeque, why not create your own spice rub or try making Chef Ted Reader’s amazing “bone dust” spice rub ( for grilled steaks, chicken and pork?

If Dad enjoys watching “the game” with a cold beer and some snacks, try making your own gourmet snack mix or spiced nut mixture.  Accordingly, I’ve decided to share the recipe for my “secret spiced nuts” (as we’ve made a move to balsamic candied nuts at the shop).  

Warning – these spiced nuts are highly addictive – they were on our food shop menu for seven years – all the way back to when we opened the doors 2004!

Secret Spiced Nuts


·        4 (four) cups nuts (we used a mixture of pecans and walnuts)
·        4 (four) tablespoons unsalted butter
·        3 (three) tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
·        3 (three) tablespoons sugar
·        1 (one) tablespoon chili powder
·        1/2 (one-half) teaspoon salt
·        1 (one) teaspoon dried oregano
·        1 (one) teaspoon dried cumin


1.      Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a medium sized saucepan set over medium heat, melt butter.  Add all other ingredients except nuts and whisk well until combined.

2.      Transfer butter-spice mixture to a large mixing bowl and add nuts.  Stir well until all nuts are evenly coated.

3.      Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet until just slightly sticky – make sure to stir nuts well, every 5 minutes or so.  It should take about 25-30 minutes in total.

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