Friday, November 19, 2010

Are you nuts?

Dare I say that the holiday season is coming upon us?  Seems crazy how fast this last year went...and here we are again.  I love to give gifts of food to those that are hard to buy for and those that you just want to give a little something to, but don't want to spend a lot of money.  ...and you know for me, food is how I show my love and appreciation for those around me...

So the teachers, the mailman, the purolator guy and a couple of neighbours will receive these packed up with a bow this year...see if you can keep them around long enough to give them to your peeps this year...

Cajun Cocktail Nuts

1/2 cup butter  melted
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 to 3 dashes hot pepper sauce
1 pound unsalted peanuts
1 pound raw cashews
2 pounds unsalted, raw pecan halves
Garlic salt
Black pepper
TIP: you can also use 4 pounds of deluxe  mixed nuts from the bulk store instead of the peanuts, cashews and pecans--usually much cheaper and faster too!

Heat oven to 275 degrees F. Mix butter, Worcestershire, chili powder and pepper sauce in glass measuring cup.

Combine nuts in large roasting pan and drizzle with butter mixture, stirring to coat. Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread out on paper towels to dry. Season with garlic salt and black pepper.

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