Chai Spiced Mixed Nuts

Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs Vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 cups nuts (I used 1 cup each almonds, pecans, & walnuts)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom

Directions:

  1. Combine vanilla extract and egg white in a large bowl; stir with whisk until foamy. Stir in nuts.
  2. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and cardamom in a small bowl. Sprinkle over nuts, tossing to coat.
  3. Place nut mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven. Turn off oven.
  4. Toss nuts, breaking pieces apart. Return pan to oven, and leave pan in oven for an additional 10 minutes (with the oven still turned off).
  5. Cool to room temperature. Store nuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

~Recipe from thekitchenismyplayground.com

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Always a hit at any party! A great snack & easily reheat-able

Prep. time: 20 min

Cook time: 16 min

Ingredients:

  • 20 Medjool pitted dates*
  • 1 pound aged Manchego cheese, cut into 20 blocks
  • 10 slices bacon, cut in half

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Make an incision on one side of each date and insert a block of Manchego. Squeeze the date shut in your hand to secure. Wrap each date with a bacon strip and secure with a toothpick. Place all the dates on a sheet tray lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Roast the dates in the oven until the bacon on top is starting to crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn the dates over and cook the other side until the bacon crisps, roughly another 10 minutes.

*I’ve started to replace the cheese with an almond, which makes them dairy free and adds a bit of a crunch.

*I often get dates with pits in them and de-pit them myself with needle-nose pliers. By cutting the tip of the date off and pulling out the pit.

~Recipe is based on Anne Burrell’s from foodnetwork.com