Rosemary Spiced Maple Cider Nuts {Guest Post by Running to the Kitchen}

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Have you ever been to a cocktail party without some kind of nut mixture hanging out amongst the spread?

I didn’t think so.

I’d say it’s a pretty boring standard, easy, go to for most party hosts.

But I’m betting you’ve never seen a rosemary spiced maple cider nut mixture at a party. Mostly, because I just happened to throw a bunch of random ingredients that all sounded good on these nuts, crossed my fingers and hope for the best as they roasted away.

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But before you think I’m throwing some untested weird ingredient list nut mix at you, these made their way onto our Thanksgiving Day spread on Thursday and were a complete hit. They seemed to be the perfect “I’m hungry but don’t want to gorge myself full of appetizers before complete turkey domination” snack. And while they might look a bit burnt, I assure you that’s not due to me neglecting them in the oven, but rather the awesome maple syrup & apple cider caramelizing itself all over each and every nut.

So every handful tastes equally delicious in a warm, sweet and slightly spicy way.

Next party you host, go ahead, be the boring one with the nuts. I’m betting you’ll get a few compliments.

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Rosemary Spiced Maple Cider Nuts

Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients:

4 cups mixed nuts (I used a cashew, almond, walnut, brazil, pecan & hazelnut mixture)
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons apple cider
3/4 teaspoon hot chili powder
1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary, plus more for tossing after they roast
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for tossing after they roast

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Combine nuts and all other ingredients in a large bowl and toss until fully coated & combined.

Roast for 15-20 minutes, tossing occasionally. Watch carefully for the last 5 minutes to avoid burning.

Remove from oven once they're roasted & have turned a caramel color.

Toss with extra rosemary and salt.

Let cool on the pan for about 10-15 minutes before serving.

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13 Responses to “Rosemary Spiced Maple Cider Nuts {Guest Post by Running to the Kitchen}”

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    SAH — November 25, 2012 @ 11:25 am Reply

    Where is the actual recipe and directions?

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      Cara — November 25, 2012 @ 11:31 am

      I swear WordPress eats my code sometimes! Sorry about that, fixed it now :)

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    Kate — November 25, 2012 @ 1:37 pm Reply

    Frankly, I think there aren’t enough nuts at cocktail parties (excluding the guests of course)

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    Joanne — November 26, 2012 @ 9:21 pm Reply

    I NEVER think spiced nuts are boring! And these truly do sound like anything but!

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies — November 27, 2012 @ 10:10 am Reply

    OK these look incredible!! I love all of the different flavors going on. So many of my favs!

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    Allison — November 27, 2012 @ 4:41 pm Reply

    These look great! Is there a substitute for coconut oil? Thanks!

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      Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — November 27, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

      Hi Allison- you could really use a variety of oils, no need to use coconut in these. I’d probably roll with extra virgin olive oil if I had to sub it out.

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    Heather — November 27, 2012 @ 6:19 pm Reply

    These look sooo good. Love spiced nuts. So perfect for the holidays!

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    Shannon — November 30, 2012 @ 1:35 pm Reply

    ooh, i’ve done the rosemary nuts before, but love the maple syrup and apple cider in these!!

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    Julie — December 15, 2012 @ 11:57 pm Reply

    these look delicious! Did you use raw nuts to begin with? maybe a dumb question, but want to make sure :)

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