Football season, holidays, and parties so many events to attend and think about appetizers and snack foods. When you host a party or get together you as the host want something simple. Even if you are not the only hosting the party and you have to bring something you still want to prepare a simple dish. We want simple yet delicious.
Nuts are a great cocktail pairing. They offer a great crunchy texture and coat our mouth with this delicious creamy fattiness. Also nuts are a wonderful source of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. We should be consuming them on a regular basis in our daily life. We can purchase prepare made cocktail nuts with a so many different flavor combinations. The problem with that is that they are usually coated in a canola/vegetable/or man- made oil...NOT GOOD FOR YOU! They sit on the shelf for a very long time, the oils don't contain omega-3's rather they do the opposite and contain omega-6 which cause inflammation. We want to find that balance of foods that are good for us and taste like the foods we enjoy, which are not very health benefitting. This recipe is a great example of that. By roasting your own mixed flavored nuts in a good quality butter like a European butter we provide our bodies with a nourishing snack that taste great.
Butter! Yes butter! Don't be afraid of butter. There is this unfortunate stigma butter has. We should be incorporating it into our diet, with moderation, and the right quality. Quality determines the health benefits of a product/food item. When it comes to butter the better the quality typically the better the item. When the cows are grass-fed, humanely treated, and not filled with hormones, the end product of milk and butter are better. For centuries countries have survived off of butter from their farm or neighboring farm. Of course here in the US it is a bit more difficult to find your local dairy farm. If you are lucky enough to have a local dairy farm please support them. We want to purchase grass-fed, local, or European butters. The reason being is that the quality of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals are at a higher quality than other butters. This means more nourishing. The nutrient dense a food is for our body the less we need to consume it in high quantities. Butter is not meant to be used in a ridiculous quantity, but in moderation the health benefits this fat offers is good for you. So don't be afraid of butter even though there is this stigma that butter is bad for.
Yields 12-14 servings
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup blanched almonds
1/2cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons butter - melted
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary - chopped + extra for garnish
1/4 teaspoons sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Make sure to coat each nut with some butter and rosemary.
3. Evenly lay the nuts on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 10-14 minutes. You want to see a light golden color. Once golden remove from oven and let them cool.
Place in a serving bowl and enjoy!
*** Keep the rosemary roasted nuts in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Before serving let them sit at room temperature for an hour. ***