The Best Holiday Nuts

(and How to Make This Recipe Your Own)

No holiday gathering is complete without a few bowls of holiday nuts scattered about, and these spiced and herbed nuts are the perfect bocaditos (as my family calls them)—or small bites—to serve at a festive happy hour.

These holiday nuts have a wonderful buttery aroma (thanks to a quick pan roast that brings out the nuts’ richness) and a slightly spicy kick from fresh herbs and cayenne (that are not too overpowering).

Because they’re so easy to make, you can whip up a batch any night of the week and vary the flavors simply by using new combinations of nuts or spices.


– 2 tablespoons olive oil – 3 cups unsalted mixed nuts (such as     cashews, almonds, walnuts, and     pecans) – 1 tablespoon kosher salt – 1 tablespoon sugar – 1 tablespoon chopped fresh     rosemary – 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme – 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.


Add the nuts and stir to coat with oil. Cook until they deepen in color and turn fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes.


Meanwhile, combine the salt, sugar, rosemary, thyme, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

Sprinkle the mixture on top of the nuts and stir to coat evenly. Remove the nuts from heat and let cool before serving.


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