I always remember a big bowl of nuts sitting on the table at Christmas time when I was growing up. Brazil nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts; all encased in their hard shells with a dodgy nutcracker that only dad could work properly! I’m not sure why nuts are really traditional at Christmas, but they are!
As an adult, I can’t be bothered with the faff of trying to crack nuts, so I buy them ready shelled and then big up the flavour. In this recipe I am using fresh rosemary (but dried would also work if you can’t get fresh – we have a rosemary plant in the garden) and chilli powder to give almonds a warming, aromatic taste. They make a perfect party nibble to enjoy with cocktails or a glass of wine at a Christmas party (or any time of the year!)
- 300g almonds
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsps finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 tsps chilli powder (mild or hot – it’s up to you!)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Pre-heat oven to 160C/Gas 3
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and toss to coat evenly.
- Spread out onto a baking sheet and place in the oven.
- Roast for 20 minutes.
Create Christmas is an annual series on The Purple Pumpkin Blog where I blog each day with something to cook, craft or create for Christmas. This year I’m also sharing a round-up post with ideas and inspiration from other bloggers. If you’d like to be involved, just check out the Calling All Bloggers post here. Don’t forget to check out the blogger Create Christmas Linky too!