Wednesday 7 January 2009

Rosemary Cashews.

I first made these late last year, for a Ex Moose get-together with friends. I don't usually make a new recipe... sight un-tasted, if you will, for friends, but this was so quick and easy, I couldn't resist it.

It proved and enormous hit.. but here's the thing.

I don't like them.

The flavour profile just isn't my thang, but every other person I've served them to pretty much swoons over them.

I am pretty sure I got the recipe off Chowhound, when all the Yanks were posting Thanksgiving recipes, but it is originally an Ina Garten a.k.a Barefoot Contessa recipe, inspired by the bar nuts served at Union Square Cafe in New York City .

Her original recipe is here.

Here's what I did:

650g unsalted roasted cashews.
2 tablespoons fresh finely minced rosemary
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or sweet paprika
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon rock salt
1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter.

Whack the cashews in a serving dish. Whizz all the dry ingredients in a blender/pulser/stick blender for about 10 seconds to roughly combine.

Pour over nuts.

Melt butter in microwave and pour over nuts. Stir to combine.

I make mine the day before I need them, and refrigerate. A quick couple of minutes in the microwave to warm them and voile.. world's easiest and (for everyone but me) yummiest snack.


CatHerder said...

Wow that sounds SO GOOD!

Bluenose said...

I can attest to the yumminess of these wunder nuts. They are simply to die for! PG and Furry brought some of these to Chateau Blue when we had them over for dinner - whenever that was (my memory os hopeless) I think in October or thereabouts.

Go and make some for yourself, you know you want to!

Anna said...

I remember, when I was a kid, my mother dishing up a snack called "nuts and bolts" with peanuts and nutrigrain mixed up with french onion soup mix, chicken noodle soup mix, and oil. When I was stuck for a snack a few years ago I remembered this and replaced peanuts and nutrigrain with cashews and almonds. It still needs a tweak to the ingredients, but it's been popular. I should try your recipe here - sounds quite a bit healthier :)

purple goddess said...

Care to post your recipe, Anna??