My husband loves nuts. And spicy things. And beer. And eating spicy nuts whilst drinking beer.
So needless to say, this really is the perfect little gift hamper for him on Father's Day! :)
This spicy nuts recipe is not only easy and quick to make (so kids can help), but it tastes so freaking yummy that you'll find any celebration (or excuse..) to make them again - Honestly!
The recipe is from the fabulous Ina Garten; and when I saw her making it on TV I knew I had to try it!
Decanted into cute metal tins, which I adorned with some of our FREE printables tags, makes for a super yummy gift for dad or party appetizer! Add a couple of bottles of dad's fave brew (wrapped in matching printables, of course) and you're onto a winner!
Spicy Chipotle and Rosemary Nuts
- Recipe by Ina Garten
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
1/4 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, 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.
I think little metal tins look so cute as a gift container for these spicy nuts! You can find them in most craft stores like Michaels. Just use a piece of parchment paper to line your tin before placing nuts inside. After nuts are gone (and believe me they'll go fast!) dad can use the tins to store "real" nuts! ;)
Oh, and of course you can use these tags as envelope seals too as shown here.
For the beer bottles to accompany the nuts, simply print our FREE Father's Day Bottle Wrappers and wrap around dad's fave brew - Maybe next year we'll even make our own brew too! ;)