Spicy Cocktail Almonds

Do you have certain flavor combination that you absolutely dislike? I have. I hate chocolate and mint. I cannot in the least understand how this can go together. It's like brushing your teeth and then have chocolate, or the other way around. Just the thought of it is horrible, the smell would be utterly appalling, and the rest I don't even want to describe.

Something similar seems to be the case with a certain member of our family that often comes home peckish, raiding the fridge and pantry for some snack, about 1-2 hours before dinner. What do you eat when you come home from a long day at work or some errands that you ran? It's almost dinner time, but not quite yet? You don't want to spoil your appetite, but you need to EAT SOMETHING RIGHT HERE AND NOW?
This member was only finding home-made sweet spicy nuts which he particularly dislikes. Good for me, as there would be more for me. But in the end of the day, still a peckish family member in the house.  Alright, I am getting the message. Let's try some savory-spicy nuts for a change. Easier than I thought, and a simple but effective spice mixture does the trick. Salt and Cayenne Pepper for the spiciness and turmeric, paprika and cumin for the depth. That's all it takes. Happy/healthy snacking guaranteed and the mood in our household back in balance!

(Print Recipe)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons sea salt

2 cups whole almonds
Preheat oven to 160C/325F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small pan, heat butter and oil over low heat. Stir in cumin, paprika, cayenne, turmeric and salt. Simmer gently over low heat for 1-2 minutes.
Put almonds in a large bowl. Add spice mixture and toss until well coated. Spread nuts in one layer on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, turn over once or twice while baking.

Let cool completely before storing in airtight container.

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