|Sugared nuts are a holiday tradition. Made with pecans, cashews, walnuts or almonds, tossed first in an egg white wash, then dredged in a sugar and spice mix and slow roasted. Add a tiny pinch of cayenne for a little kick.|
Sugared NutsSugared and spiced pecans, almonds, cashews and even walnuts, have been a holiday favorite in many a Southerner household for many years. It's a very simple way to dress up plain nuts to serve at a party, to give away as favors, and even to add to a holiday goodie tray or special occasion gift basket. They are even good chopped and crumbled on top of savory dishes and salads.
Usually made by dipping nuts in beaten egg whites and then rolling them in granulated sugar before slow roasting, I have also used the turbinado sugar that I had hanging around in my pantry. Turbinado is easy to find - I use Sugar in the Raw brand, and find it right at my local WalMart. It is simply a less processed form of cane sugar, often referred to as raw sugar. Because it is taken up earlier in the process, it retains more of the molasses flavor, is lightly browned in color, and has much larger crystals. All of that to me, does everything to enhance the flavor of a roasted nut, but of course, regular granulated sugar, brown sugar or even a combination of the two works just fine.