‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving and all through the land, hosts and houseguests everywhere totally had their food prep ducks in a row, right? Ducks, schmucks, I say. Some of my best Thanksgivings were disasters. Like the time I was roasting walnuts the night before a Thanksgiving that I was hosting. I stepped out of the kitchen for a matter of seconds and just like that, Thanksgiving and a bit of kitchen, up in flames. No turkey, no stuffing (with roasted walnuts), no dessert. The next day, everyone showed up, we ate what we could and laughed our way through a really fun day.
So, no pressure, my pretties. Pour yourself a glass of wine and put someone to work. And if you are looking for a quick and easy compliment to your pre-show, cheese plate, these sweet and savory, pumpkin, spiced nuts are the thing.
You probably have most of the ingredients handy this week so it’s just a matter of melting butter and spices and pouring over your favorite mashup of nuts.
I’m thinking this spiced butter would be fantastic drizzled over popcorn, too.
Enjoy this time with friends and families and all that you have to be grateful for.
Happy Thanksgiving. xo
- 1½ cup cashews (see notes)
- 1½ cup almonds
- ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
- ⅓ cup pistachios
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (see notes for how to make your own)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter, male syrup, brown sugar over medium flame.
- Once melted add pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt.
- Spread nuts evenly in a large rimmed cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8 minutes and remove from oven.
- Slowly and evenly drizzle the butter mixture over the nuts, stirring well to coat the mix evenly.
- Return to the oven and bake for another 5-8 minutes.
- Remove from oven and transfer to large bowl.
- Salt the nuts and allow to cool completely before serving.
*** To make your own pumpkin spice seasoning, combine the following:
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves.
(makes 5 tbsp of pumpkin spice mix)