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Monday, March 12, 2012

Spiced Roasted Nuts: Secret Recipe Club

Welcome to another Secret Recipe Club post!  I've covered the basics of the club before, but a quick overview is that you join, get randomly assigned a blog and then have a few weeks to read the blog and chose a recipe to recreate and post about on a given day and time.  This month I got Sarah's blog biking and baking.  It was an interesting blog for me to read since there were a lot of recipes way outside my comfort zone.  She has many vegan recipes, lots of smoothies and some ingredients that just never really enter my kitchen, or cross my mind for that matter!  Tempeh, vegan cheeses, tofu aren't on my typical grocery lists.  I really did enjoy reading about 'another side' of the food world, so to speak.  I strongly considered making these sweet potato enchiladas, but left the final choice of two recipes up to Zach and he chose the roasted nuts.  I'm holding on to the enchiladas though, and hope they make an appearance on one of our menus soon!

These nuts were perfect for a party.  They are sweet, just a little spicy and have an addictive smell and flavor thanks to the curry powder.  I made a few changes to the recipe.  First, I added in pepitas, or shelled pumpkin seeds, since we had some on hand.  Second, I chose to roast the nuts in the oven instead of toast them in a skillet.  I had the oven going for a few other recipes and decided just to throw them in there and let the oven do the work!  Both of these changes worked out quite well!  I love when I can take a base recipe, make a few adaptations and still end up with a great product, it always gives my kitchen confidence a little boost, so thanks for that Sarah!  Read about my slightly adapted version of Spiced Roasted Nuts here then head on over to the Secret Recipe Club page to see what everyone else has cooked up!

Spiced Roasted Nuts
slightly adapted from baking and biking

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup almonds, roasted but not salted
1 cup pepitas


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl mix together the oil and spices. 
  • Add the nuts to the spice mixture and stir until they are evenly coated.  Spread the nuts into a single layer on a sheet pan.
  • Roast the nuts for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so.  Remove from oven and let cool.  


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I haven't had spiced nuts in so long, these look amazing! Those sweet potato enchiladas sound good too! Great picks!

Sarah said...

so glad you liked the nuts! and i definitely encourage the enchiladas, serious winner:) sorry you had the challenge of choosing a recipe when there has been a scarcity of new posts lately, but am glad and honored that you enjoyed my site and found a few things:) happy blogging!

Jaida said...

These look delicious, and I'm not even a nut fan!!

Corina said...

These look gorgeous. I made something similar a while back and I'm going to have to have another go.

colleen said...

I like the addition of the pepitas. Nice choice

Heather said...

Oh they look really good and would be great for a party. I'm not a fan of curry but could easily switch out that for something else.

Angie {Successful2gether} said...

Mmmm sweet and savory, what an awesome spice combo!

Kirstin said...

YUMMY! Sounds amazing!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Amy,
The Spiced Roasted Nuts are an excellent selection, they look delicious. It is fun cooking with you in the SRC and have a great week!
Miz Helen

Lisa~~ said...

Love the pepitas in there, sounds delicious.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

Cook Lisa Cook

Betsy said...

These look amazing, and pretty healthy for a party food too! I'm stopping by from Secret Recipe Club. I hope you'll swing by March is artichoke month! I'd love if you'd link up your artichoke recipes!

Daniel Saraga said...

what a great spice mixture. I'd like to roast some chick peas with that as well!

ButterYum said...

That photo is sooooo good! Love the mix of nuts used too. I hope you'll stop by and visit my SRC post for Chewy Oatmeal Raisin and Almond Cookies


Kristy Lynn said...

roasted nuts are one of my go-to snacks for sure! lovely!

in my opinion, the best thing about src is that it DOES make you step out of your comfort zone. When do we EVER do that? it creates spaces for connection, growth, and i think that is valuable. New foods = new adventures!