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Saturday 22 December 2012

Paprika Spiced Mixed Nuts

This is a very quick and easy recipe to make some lovely spicy nuts to nibble with your drinks on Christmas Eve or before dinner on Christmas Day.  They are also perfect for a last minute gift.

Paprika Spiced Mixed Nuts

500g mixed nuts
1 1/2 tbsp coarse sea salt
1/2 tsp smoked sweet Spanish paprika or hot paprika (Pimenton)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1.  Preheat the oven to 200C. Place the sea salt and paprika in a mortar and grind with the pestle to a fine powder. 
2. Place the nuts on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden and giving off a tasted aroma.  Watch after 7 minutes because they burn quickly.  Pour into a heatproof bowl.
3. Drizzle over the olive oil and stir to ensure all the nuts are lightly and evenly coated.  Add extra oil if necessary.  Sprinkle with the salt and paprika mixture and stir again.
4. Transfer to a small bowl and serve at room temperature.

I used the hot Pimenton and the nuts are not too spicy, just nicely piquant!  Perfect with a nice chilled glass of Fino Sherry, red or white wine or even a beer.

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At 23 December 2012 at 00:42 , Blogger Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear said...

I'm doing this for our New Year's Eve bash!
Thanks, Janice! Merry Christmas :-)

At 23 December 2012 at 15:41 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Merry Christmas Janice! Thanks for being such a great friend over the last year and I hope we meet in 2013, oh yes! Lovely nuts too, just my kind of food! Karen

At 23 December 2012 at 16:52 , Anonymous Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand said...

Wonderful way of spicing up nuts Janice.
Hope you have a lovely Christmas Janice and best wishes for 2013 x

At 23 December 2012 at 17:33 , Blogger Janice said...

Many thanks, Wendy, Karen and Jacqueline. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season too.

At 23 December 2012 at 22:23 , Anonymous Fiona Maclean said...

happy christmas from me too, now THIS is my sort of baking;)

At 24 December 2012 at 01:47 , Blogger chow and chatter said...

oh these look great nibbles have a lovely christmas

At 31 December 2012 at 10:06 , Blogger briony said...

These are so tasty! Made them over the weekend - they're so easy to make! Thanks!

At 31 December 2012 at 10:15 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks, Briony. Glad you enjoyed them, we did too.


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