Rosemary Nuts & Happy Holidays!

Rosemary nuts

Hi Everyone, I’m on vacation and enjoying a little break from the kitchen, so this recipe is an oldie but goodie from the archives. It’s one of my all-time favorites and perfect for the holidays. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year! Be back in January :)


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Rosemary Nuts
Inspired by Union Square Cafe
Printable Recipe

Adapted from the famous bar nuts at Union Square Cafe in NYC, these nuts are the ideal nibbling food, perfect to serve with cocktails when you’re entertaining. Salty, sweet, spicy and rosemary-infused, they’re insanely addictive!

Ingredients

2½ cups unsalted mixed nuts, such as pecans and cashews*
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less if you don’t like heat)
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Combine nuts on baking sheet and toast in oven until warm, fragrant and lightly golden, about 5 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, combine rosemary, cayenne pepper, brown sugar and butter. Add the warm, toasted nuts to the spiced butter and toss well. Add kosher salt and toss to coat thoroughly. Serve warm.

*You can use any combination of cashews, whole unpeeled almonds, peeled peanuts, pecans, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts or whatever suits your taste; just keep in mind that pecans work particularly well because their crevices hold the seasoning. You can also use raw unsalted nuts for this recipe, just be sure to toast them a bit longer, about 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.

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  • We must be long-lost sisters. This is the one recipe that was on my list to make for Christmas that I never got to! But there are technically a few days left of the “holidays”, right?!

  • I have just fallen in love with your site. I happened to find your website by googling lamb burgers. I used your recipe along with the Tzatziki and my husband (who is Greek and has been spoiled his entire life by a from scratch cooking Yia Yia) now believes I am a Greek goddess. Thanks for sharing such a delish recipe! Next I’m going to make your Carrot Ginger Souffle… Yum!

  • Rosemary nuts sound amazing!
    Happy Holidays to you

  • Divine Diva

    I just saw these on Food Networks “The Best Snack I ever had” Giada recommended these nuts from Union Square Cafe. I was going to go online and try and find the recipe. Thanks so much

  • Judee

    These make great gifts – and so yummy!

  • Karie

    What a great gift idea….

  • Karen

    This recipe is so easy and is great for gift giving, if you can stand to give it away. Be careful, it is addicting. I loved the spicy kick, but if you are giving this as a gift you may want to cut back a bit on the cayenne. I made it with mixed nuts and added some walnuts in there too to make it even healthier. This recipe will be made over and over again in this house.

  • Amy

    I make these every time family is in town. They refer to them as bacon nuts. Somehow the combo of rosemary and brown sugar reminds them of bacon. I’ve been giving them as hostess gifts for a couple of years now.

  • Cindy Nelson

    Very easy and people will think you are a master chef!

  • Merie

    Delicious for appetizers or gifts!

  • LaurenS

    I have been on a fresh rosemary kick lately, so I will have to make these soon.

  • Cathy

    Great holiday gift idea!

  • darlaBE

    this was just the thing I needed for our happy hour party…everyone left with a little tin filled with the mix along with a copy of the recipe…thanks for sharing

  • Amy

    These are the tastiest nuts! I also tried the Gramercy Tavern nut recipe from your site but prefer these because of the fresh rosemary (I add heaping tablespoons because I love the woody taste). These make a great holiday gift for friends and neighbors but an even better snack to stash in the pantry.

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