Wow...I am finally sitting in front of the laptop and blogging starts creeping back into my life after a long hiatus. As most of you know I have just settled into a new place. The process as some of you can relate was exciting and stressful at the same time.
As much as I miss blogging I had no time and no internet for me to blog. Now that the dust has settled, literally, I can now get back to my old routine.
Let's ring in the winter holidays with some nutty appetizer. I was introduced to this by one of my good friends and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I tweaked the recipe a little bit and here it is! This addicting snack/appetizer is a mixture of nuts and bacon covered in sugar, salt and chilly spice - the usual suspects in anything good right?
Nut by itself is crazy good for your health as it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It contains unsaturated fats, fiber, vitamin E, plant sterols, and L-arginine. Eating nuts helps lower your cholesterol; it reduces your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack. Nuts also improve the health of the lining of your arteries. But sometimes, snacking on plain nuts can be quite boring. This recipe is probably not the best for your health, but more for your culinary soul; I hope the two balance out.
We made three batches of the recipe, put them in jars, tied them with ribbons and gave them as Thanksgiving gifts to my daughter's teacher and our love ones. My husband brought a huge container of these delicious nuts to share with his staff at work and I heard it was well received. Thanks for the support guys!
Walnuts, almond and macadamia are my husband's most favorite nuts, but you can use any kind of nuts you would like for this recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as my husband and my girls do.
RECIPE: Roasted Spicy Bacon Mixed Nuts
1 bag (16oz) Applewood Smoked Bacon
3 Egg Whites
2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
1 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
1 1/2 cup Sugar
3-4 cups raw Almonds
3-4 cups Walnuts, coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place bacon slices on a tray, bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes. Make sure to turn frequently, allowing slices to brown evenly on both sides. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
Save the bacon fat for later use. When the bacon is cool down, break them into small pieces. Set it aside.
In a medium bowl, separate egg whites from egg yolks. Beat the egg whites and salt until just foamy. Gradually add the sugar, and cayenne and beat until just blended.
Pour a generous amount of the bacon fat on baking sheets and use a brush to spread it evenly. Spread the nut mixture in a single layer on the baking sheets. Bake at 300 degrees until the nuts are crisp and brown, about 30 minutes, turning and stirring the nut mixture with a spatula every 10 minutes to allow the nuts brown evenly on both sides.
Remove from oven and let it completely cool down. Transfer the nut mixture to a bowl. Add the bacon pieces and toss to blend. Store it in a jar with a tight fitting lid.