A nutty recipe just in time for Christmas gatherings! The holidays might make me a little nutty but these 2 can usually save my day! Read past the cuteness for the newest recipe from The Quiet Gut.
I typically lean towards pecans because my parents have 2 huge pecan trees in their backyard that produces more pecans than I can eat in my lifetime & boy are they delish! For this recipe however, I stuck with the walnuts & I’ve got to tell you, walnuts aren’t just for baking! They’ve now made my top 3 list!
I made these Maple-Spiced Walnuts for Thanksgiving at my in-laws house. They just sounded like a holiday snack.
Here’s my OCD ingredient gathering at its best 😉
I also apparently enjoy staring at separated spices. Now you see them….
Now you don’t!
Since you’ve gathered all your ingredients & mixed your yummo spices, your safe to start the liquids warming in your large skillet. Don’t scrimp on skillet size or you won’t be able to coat the walnuts properly & the seasoning is so good you’ll want them covered!
Combine the maple syrup, olive oil (I prefer to use EVOO) & water, heating for 5 minutes.
Add the walnuts & make sure to coat in the liquid before you start dropping your magic seasoning on top. Once you’ve thoroughly coated your walnuts, allow them to hang out & brown in the pan for approximately 3ish mins. I say ish because my started to scorch by 2:30 mins.
Promptly lay your deliciousness out on a pan lined with parchment paper (or foil, because that’s all I had & it didn’t stick) so the nuts can cool & you can admire your handy work!
So, what did the family have to say about the Maple-Spiced Walnuts? One family member said that it was spicy but good. On the spice front, my family & Chad’s family have a different taste for spice. My dad likes ghost pepper salsa so cayenne would probably have been better for Christmas at my parents.
My opinion of the walnuts, remove the coriander & use more sugar, salt & cumin. I also would add additional liquid so the chances of scorching are lower.
Overall, I would rate this recipe a 5 but the small changes I mentioned could bump it up to “Christmas at my parents house” status.