The holiday season is full of gatherings with friends. I made this snack mix to put out while having a drink before going out to dinner. I didn’t want everyone to fill up, but there is something nice about having a small snack with your beverage. This is easy and will last in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks, so you can cover Christmas and New Years with one baking. This would also make for a nice host/hostess gift with a bottle of wine or box of chocolates.
I found this recipe on the Food and Wine website, perfect amount of sweet and savory without overbearing the natural nut flavors.
2 cups almonds
2 cups pecans
2 cups walnuts
1/4 cup of pure maple syrup (heaping)
2 Tbsp of fresh chopped rosemary and thyme
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (heaping)
salt and fresh ground pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Toss to combine all ingredients except the salt and pepper in a large bowl.
3. Spread out mixture on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice.
4. When you remove them from the oven sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and stir 1-2 more times while cooling.