October 20, 2011
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Nuts make a wonderful snack. They are full of nutrition and healthful oils. Sadly, most store-bought nuts mixtures are very salty which makes them unsuitable for many people. This recipe from my friend Rachel replaces most of the salt with herbs giving the nuts great flavor without all the salt. She uses olive oil; I used butter. Whichever you use this is a snack worth making.
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup almonds
1 cup walnut halves
¼ cup maple syrup (or part brown sugar)
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons finely minced herbs: sage, rosemary, savory, etc.
¼ teaspoon cayenne
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss the nuts with the syrup, butter, herbs, and cayenne. Spread on a baking sheet and place in the hot oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and add salt and pepper to taste. Move around on the baking sheet with a spatula until cooled.