Homemade Christmas Gifts – Smokey Roasted Chili Nuts



Everyone loves a nut or two over Christmas and these Smokey Roasted Chili Nuts are fabulous, particularly with a small glass of something special. Select a few different nuts and spices; smoked paprika for the smokey flavour, a dash of dried crushed chillies for heat and a dab of ground cloves for the festive cheer. Roast them in the oven and bagged them in a clear cellophane bag  decorated with some rustic twine and a cinnamon stick, very festive!

Smokey Roasted Chili Nut

    50g pecan nuts
    50g pistachio nuts
    50g whole almonds
    50g flaked almonds
    2tsb cold water
    1tbs olive oil
    1tsp smoked paprika
    Pinch of ground cloves
    1tsp Maldon Sea Salt
    1/4 tsp dried crushed chillies

Preheat the oven to  180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Mix all the nuts except the flaked almonds into a mixing bowl add the water, oil, salt, ground cloves, smoked paprika, salt and crushed chillies, mix well.

Spread the nuts on the lined backing tray and roast them in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, stir them once and add the flaked almonds, mix and return the tray to the oven.

Roast the nuts for a further 5 minutes, keep a eye on them as you do not want the nuts to burn, remove them from the oven when sufficiently roasted.SeceretSanta11

Let the nuts cool completely before bagging them in a cellophane bag or a clean empty glass jar.

Makes 200g smokey roasted chili nuts

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Choose your own selection of nuts. This recipe use shelled nuts however you could use pistachios in their shells. You could also personalise your spices to make something very  special for each person. Dried herbs or dried citrus fruit skins added in will add a new dimension to the flavour.

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