Fancy Roasted Cocktail Nuts
The holidays have so many food associations for me, and one of those is fancy roasted cocktail nuts. Every year when I make them, I wonder why I don’t roast them year round. But the truth is, there’s just something seasonal and special about them.
Whenever I have friends or family over for a big holiday feast, I serve some homemade roasted nuts alongside the cheese board. I vary the flavors each time, but they always disappear!
It’s honestly astonishing how flavorful nuts are when they’re toasted in the oven. And then when you add fresh orange zest, rosemary, maple, salt, and a little cayenne for heat? It’s so good. It hits so many of those flavor components you want, and people go crazy (or nuts? Sorry, I had to) for them.
Making your own roasted nut mix is one of those things that makes everyone think you’re a genius. They’re so snackable and addictive, but also wonderfully easy to make.
To get started, place whatever combination of nuts you’d like into a bowl. I’m doing equal parts walnuts, cashews, pecans, and almonds, because I’m too nice to pick favorites.
Just kidding. Cashews are my favorite, but who knows what my guests will like! So by all means, use a single nut if you prefer.