Wednesday, November 19, 2008

RECIPE - Party Nibbles

The holiday season is rapidly approaching. With the season comes parties. If you are hosting a holiday party or asked to bring a snack to a party, here are two great ideas. Both are easy to put together and they will be a big hit.

Sweet and Spicy Pecans
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cayenne
1 egg white
2 c. pecan halves

Preheat oven to 300F. Mix the sugar and spices together in a small bowl. Beat the egg white lightly with a fork in a larger bowl; toss in the pecans and stir to coat. Sprinkle with the spice mixture and coat pecans evenly. Using your fingers, one by one transfer the pecans from the bowl to a baking sheet coated with a nonstick cooking spray or covered with parchment paper. Seperate them as best you can. Discard any left over sugar-egg mixture. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Then transfer to another baking sheet, breaking pecans apart as necessary; let cool completely. Kept covered in a dry place, pecans will stay fresh for 5 days.

Rosemary Almonds
3 TBS. butter
2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 c. raw almonds

Preheat oven to 350F. Using a baking sheet with a lip, melt butter. Mix seasonings into the butter, and toss almonds into the seasoning until coated. Bake in oven about 10 - 12 minutes, stirring once, until toasted and fragrant. Remove from oven. Serve warm or at room temperature.
These are so much better the next day so make them ahead.

2 comments:

Marilyn said...

Hi Bea,

I just looked at all of your pics. Billy is adorable! I love the one in the chair with his "bow" tie. You can see his birthday candle that says...it's fun to be one! Wow...I have never seen so much food at a birthday party. Did Billy's mom bring all of that?
We just finished dinner..."Bangers and Mash...yummy! It's been another busy week at the factory....I had some wild kids today. Hope to get my Christmas shopping done by next week...before Thanksgiving. Talk to you soon,
Mar

SandyB said...

Hi Bea,
Those recipes sound really good. I looked at upur pics too. Billy has really changed. He is osing the baby look! Porter is a cutie also. I have not been here for a while. My computer is still dying a slow death so by the time I get through e mail and banking, etc. it is telling me low battery and I'm plugged in!