February 5, 2013

Bar Nuts

Don't you love it when you are at a bar having drinks and the bartender or waitress brings you a bowl of nuts to munch on?  There's just something about salty crunchy nuts that seem to go hand in hand with a beer or cocktail.  It's also perfect to have on hand when friends stop by for a drink, or when you are having a dinner party at home.

These "bar nuts" are a knock off from Union Square Cafe in NYC.  They serve these during their cocktail hour everyday.  They come out warm, which is the best way to eat them.  They are a little sweet, a little salty, a little spicy and they also have an nice hint of herb to them.  They are perfect.  They are addictive.  They are delicious.  I urge you take make these when you have people over.  Your guests will love you!

Bar Nuts

2 1/4 cups mixed nuts, salted
1 tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Preheat oven to 350.  Pour nuts onto a cookie sheet and toast in oven for about 10 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant.

Add the melted butter along with the rest of ingredients into a medium sized bowl and stir to combine.  Add the hot nuts and toss to combine, making sure all the nuts are evenly coated with the mixture.  Serve warm.

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