Spicy Nuts – Spicy Cashews
These delicious spiced cashew nuts are simple to make and their Indian flavor is delicious. If you are looking for make ahead appetizers, these cashews are great because you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week. This also means that you can double or triple the recipe, serve some at your buffet or Superbowl party and have more to much on later in the week. They make a welcome addition to packed lunches too, or as a tasty snack at any time.
You can try using different nuts for this recipe but cashews have a really good flavor, which goes nicely with the Indian spices. The brown sugar on these spiced cashew nuts caramelizes as they cook, turning the nuts into a delicious kind of nut brittle. Kids and adults will both love this sweet, spicy cashew recipe. The nuts are not fiery hot but they are gently fragranced with curry powder and cumin for an aromatic flavor rather than a spicy hot one.
Nuts are popular at buffets and they are also good for Superbowl party food, especially if you spice them and roast them. Mexican fiesta nuts are a sweeter alternative to these spiced cashews, or you could even make both recipes and serve them side by side. Mexican fiesta nuts are sweet though and these cashews are more savory. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the cashews when they are toasting because they can burn quickly. Also, watch them when they are covered in the curry coating and roasting, just to ensure they do not have too long in the oven.
- 1 lb unsalted cashews
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ¼ cup water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease a baking sheet and spread the cashews out on it.
- Toast them for 10 minutes in the oven or until they are fragrant.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of the sugar with the curry powder, cumin, and salt.
- Bring the water, the butter, and the rest of the sugar to a boil, stirring it all the time.
- Add the cashews, stirring them well to coat them in this mixture.
- Keep simmering for about 3 minutes, until there is no liquid left.
- Add the spice mixture, tossing the cashews to coat them evenly.
- Spread the nuts on the baking sheet and roast them until the coating is dry and slightly golden.
- This will take about 10 minutes.
- Let them cool in the pan.
These delicious spiced cashews are easy to prepare and they are always really popular at buffets and parties. The combination of cumin, curry powder, and sugar gives them a fragrant and slightly sweet flavor and everyone will love how these taste. Cashews are many people’s favorite nut and the curried coating on these finishes them off so nicely. If you are looking for make ahead recipes, Superbowl recipes or just some new ideas for delicious snacks, these curried nuts are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds and be popular with everybody you serve them to.
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