There always seems to be a bag or two of nuts in my freezer, and lately it’s been walnuts. I keep them in there so that they don’t spoil but I’ve been known to forget about them and then feel guilty about the lack of nuts in my life. They’re so good for you after all. Walnuts have lots of protein, potassium, vitamin B-6, and magnesium, things we could use more of in our lives right?
So, if you have a bag of nuts in your freezer too or you’re just trying to figure out what to do with all those boring nuts that are left over from one of the recent holiday parties, well, have no fear. This recipe is inspired by the Food Network which is the recipe my mom followed and I thought was super tasty. I just added a few other things and swapped out butter for olive oil. Feel free to make it your own. Use whatever nuts you have lying around, except maybe not your friends and family, even though I bet they’re just as nutty as mine.
2 cups walnuts
1 – 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 – 3 tsp fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
1/2 tsp hickory smoked salt
1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Pinch of smoked paprika
Preheat the oven to 350 and then round-up your ingredients. Toss the nuts in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and stir, the add in the spices a bit at a time and continue to stir so that the walnuts get as evenly coated as possible. Finally, line a cookie sheet, or pan with some aluminum foil (easy peasy clean up) and spread the walnuts out in an even layer. Pop these bad boys in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes. Half way through the roasting, pull them out for a hot second and give them a stir/flip so that they can roast evenly. Don’t forget to inhale. They smell amazing! When they’re done, pull them out and let them cool before attempting to stuff you face with them. Once cool you can toss them in a container and either keep them covered on the counter or pop them in the fridge if you want them to last a little longer.
How do you use up the nuts in your life? Any fail safe recipes? I have two more bags of walnuts to go so I’m totally open to suggestions.