Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bar Nuts

If you ever happened to walk into the Union Square Cafe in New York City at the start of happy hour, you may have been lucky enough to enjoy this delicious bar snack.

Giada de Laurentiis was on Food Network recently gushing about them and how they are her favorite bar snack.  I got a craving for them and so I wanted to whip up a batch once it was cool enough to turn the oven on.

All this entails is tossing lightly toasted nuts with a mixture of brown sugar, salt, cayenne pepper, chopped rosemary and melted butter. They are so good you might eat the entire bowl!


2 1/4 cups of assorted, unsalted nuts
2 T coarsley chopped rosemary
1/2 t cayenne pepper
2 t dark brown sugar
2 t sea salt
1 T unsalted butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spread nuts out onto a sheet pan and toast in the oven for about 10 minutes.  In a large bowl combine the rosemary, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, sea salt and butter.

Transfer the hot nuts into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix to combine well.  Keep mixing for a minute or two so that as everything cools a little the spiced butter mixture sticks to the nuts.   Serve warm.