Sunday, February 6, 2011

Super Bowl Spicy Nuts

Today is the big day… Super Bowl Sunday!

Honestly, I have always looked forward to the super bowl for one reason… the food! I never cared about the game when I was a kid (big surprise); I just always looked forward to going to my Uncles house and eating all of the food. I remember it was the first place I ever had an egg roll. Weird.

Since the Steelers are in the Super Bowl, there is definitely a sense of crazy in Pittsburgh today. Black and yellow has been on the radio non-stop and the stores are packed with people buying chips and beer. You know the drill.

So if you are one of the millions of Americans participating in some Super Bowl antics tonight, here is a recipe for some crazy simple spicy nuts. Although it is not my most favorite recipe ever, they are a good side item to have on your table of (vegan) party yum yums tonight. This is true even if you are just having a food and commercial watching party! (Which, no joke, I heard this loving long haired man talking about at Trader Joe’s yesterday)

So try some spicy mixed nuts! These are ESPECIALLY good served warm over ice cream… For sure!

Recipe and more pictures after the jump.

Spicy Nuts


1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups mixed unsalted nuts, choose your favorite
1/4 cup margarine (Earth Balance)
1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
2-1/2 tablespoons water

What You Do:

In a small bowl, mix the spices and salt and set aside. In a large saucepan, heat nuts over medium heat, stirring often, for five minutes. Place the nuts in a large bowl.

In the same saucepan over medium heat, place the margarine, maple syrup, water, and spices. Cook, stirring often, until a glaze forms. Return the nuts to the saucepan and toss to coat. Cook for two more minutes. Remove from heat and transfer the nuts to a baking sheet until cooled. 

Spicing it up!
Nuts are pretty... *tee hee*

Having this warm over ice cream is BEYOND good!

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