It seems like everyone is all about adding some spice to their food lately with Sriracha, a type of Thai hot sauce. I felt guilty for playing hooky from work today so I thought I’d play around with some Sriracha and see how we could incorporate it with our favorite snack…nuts of course. I had seen this article on Bon Appetit and got inspired to make up a batch of my own Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Almonds. Let me tell you I can’t stop snacking on these tasty almonds. I was worried they were going to turn out super spicy because the sauce would get concentrated in the oven but, to my surprise, they have a wonderful flavor with just the slightest heat at the end. The recipe was very easy and it takes no time to make a batch. These will definitely be served with drinks next time I have company over. Hope you enjoy them as much as me.
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees
2 cups Whole Natural Almonds
1 Large Egg White Only
1 Teaspoon Water
3 Tablespoons Sriracha Sauce
1 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
1 pinch of Kosher Salt
Whisk together 1 large egg white and 1 tsp of water until frothy. Toss the Almonds and the egg wash mixture in a bowl so all the nuts are evenly coated. Drain the nuts to get rid of the excess liquid and return the nuts to the mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl mix together 3 tablespoons of Sriracha, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and add in 1 pinch of kosher salt. (This mixture smelled really spicy and I was hesitant to add all of it to the nuts but trust me you need all the sauce and it does not turn out spicy in the end). Add the sauce mixture to the nuts and toss to coat the almonds.
Dump the almonds onto a baking sheet and spread them out in 1 even layer. I used a silpat non-stick baking sheet to ensure that the almonds didn’t stick to the pan. Don’t grease the pan because you want the nuts and sauce to dry up. I think a baking sheet lined with parchment paper would work just as well. Bake the almonds at 300 degrees for 25 minutes.
Fresh out of the oven! The sauce will dry up on the nuts. It’s pretty hard but let them cool for a few minutes so you don’t burn your fingers and mouth (like I did, woops).
Enjoy! If you try this out or have other flavored nut recipes be sure to share them with us, we’re always looking for new ideas.