Saturday, July 24, 2010

Alton Brown has Ginger Nuts

Well, he does. Ginger Almonds from his Live and Let Diet episode. I haven't tried them yet. I need to get an arbol chile. But I do have a test tin of almonds to try it on once I procure the chile, and I'll be going to the store today. I should add that commercial (Blue Diamond) wasabi/soy almonds are edible, but not particularly wasabi-ish or soyish. But they're still more interesting than vanilla or cinnamon. I may try to make my own to give them a bit of zing.

If you beat me to spreading and basting your nuts, let me know the results!

1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 dried arbol chile, stemmed and broken into small pieces
1 pound whole natural almonds
1 tablespoon less-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Heat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Combine the ginger and salt in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Heat the olive oil and sesame oil in a 12-inch saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the arbol chile and cook, stirring frequently, until the chile begins to give off an aroma, 30 to 45 seconds. Add the almonds and cook, stirring frequently until lightly toasted, approximately 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce and cook until reduced slightly and the pan looks dry, approximately 1 minute. Immediately remove the nuts to the large bowl and toss with the ginger mixture.

Spread the coated nuts into a single layer on a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the pan to a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes or until completely cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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