Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts

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Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts are a simple oven roasted nuts recipe that are an easy make ahead appetizer and make a great holiday gift!

Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts are a delicious, easy appetizer for entertaining and are perfect for homemade gifts. They're absolutely addicting! @FlavortheMoment

This post has been sponsored by Cavit Wines and Honest Cooking.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

I love Christmas, but I could care less about presents.  For me, it’s all about holiday cheer, which includes anything from a cozy cup of hot cocoa and a great movie, to getting together with family and friends with plenty of great food and drink.

Presents are overrated.

Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts are a delicious, easy appetizer for entertaining and are perfect for homemade gifts. They're absolutely addicting! @FlavortheMoment

My favorite place to be at holiday gatherings happens to be the appetizer table.  I love nibbling on different foods that compliment a nice glass of red wine.  That’s where these Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts come in.  I made them about 3 times between Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, and also gave them away as gifts.  I never got around to photographing them last year, so they were on the top of my list of recipes to share with you this year.

These nuts are so special because of the combination of flavors.  We’ve got sweet maple syrup combined with a kick of cayenne pepper for some sweet heat, then there’s fresh rosemary and flaky sea salt added to the mix.  That whole sweet-salty-spicy thing gets me every time, and the rosemary makes this festive for the holidays as well as all winter long.  These Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts have got it all.

Now let’s talk about that nice glass of red wine that I mentioned.  I paired these nuts with Cavit Select Red Blend, which complemented them perfectly.

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Cavit’s Select Red Blend is a rich, bold blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Teroldego.  Together, these varietals produce a smooth wine that’s rich, bold, and fruity with spicy, floral undertones.   The Cavit Select Red Blend is very unique and versatile, so it will pair with a wide variety of dishes.

Cavit wines hail from Trentino-Alto Adige, a region of Northern Italy, which is an exciting, progressive, and diverse wine-making region.  Cavit wines are hand-picked and crafted with a quality that honors that region.  I tasted the quality, and really enjoyed this wine with my Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts.

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Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Let’s talk about these oven roasted nuts again, shall we?  These are extremely easy to make — we’re talking 5 minutes of prep and 20 minutes of cook time.

 You can even make them ahead as they keep in an airtight container for a few weeks.  I live for make-ahead recipes, because I’d rather be part of the party than be in the kitchen slaving while everyone else has fun.

Agreed?

Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts are a delicious, easy appetizer for entertaining and are perfect for homemade gifts. They're absolutely addicting! @FlavortheMoment

These roasted nuts are perfect for holiday parties, Christmas, New Years, and right on through the winter.   I’ll be serving them at this year’s Super Bowl party (yes I’m thinking about that already!).  

They’re so versatile and are one of my go-to appetizers because they always please the crowd.

Don’t be surprised if people aren’t leaving your appetizer table when these nuts around.  The real trick, however, is keeping them around.  🙂

Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts are a delicious, easy appetizer for entertaining and are perfect for homemade gifts. They're absolutely addicting! @FlavortheMoment

Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts are a delicious, easy appetizer for entertaining and are perfect for homemade gifts.  They're absolutely addicting!

Spicy Maple Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed nuts of your choice (I used pecans, walnuts, and almonds)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper*
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped (or about 3 teaspoons dried), divided
  • flaky sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the nuts on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Combine the melted butter with the maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the rosemary.
  3. Pour the mixture over the nuts and toss to coat them evenly.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes, then toss once more. Bake for 5-10 minutes longer, or until the nuts are golden brown and fragrant.
  5. Remove from heat and immediately toss with the additional 1/2 teaspoon rosemary and flaky sea salt, to taste.
  6. Allow the nuts to come to room temperature and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

Notes

  • *1/2 teaspoon of the cayenne pepper is on the mild side, so add more depending on your preferred level of heat.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 155mg Carbohydrates: 11g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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