Have I mentioned I’m nuts about nuts? I’m pretty sure I have. This time of year really gets nutty in more ways than one. The new year is coming fast. With it also comes more festivities for New Year’s Eve and gatherings leading up to a certain large football game. I can’t imagine entertaining without a few basic items; nuts, cheese, and wine. So why not add a little extra flavor to one of them? It is just what I did with these curried cashews.
Curry adds both color and flavor. In this case, a mild yellow curry coats the cashews and turns them from light tan to orange. The curry clings with the help of melted butter. There’s a tinge of garlic and onion thrown in there too. What you get is buttery, seasoned cashews with an Indian flair. Or it could be Middle Eastern or Thai or whichever cuisine you relate curry with. There are so many varieties. I used basic curry powder found in the spice isle in a regular grocery store. Feel free to use your favorite.
Curried cashews are quick and easy to make. The most difficult part is being patient while they cool. Then again, you could serve them warm. Just note they will be a bit more “wet” in a way. Be prepared to get yellow fingers when eating them. Have napkins ready or be less politically correct and do some finger licking. I’ll let you guess which one I did (hint: no one was looking).
What do you always have for your guests when entertaining? Or what do you think is an essential food or beverage for any gathering? Crowd-pleasing is a good thing and I’m always looking for inspiration. Oh, and shake up an Orange Crush Cocktail to sip while munching on the cashews. I think the citrus would go nicely with them.
- 12 ounces cashews
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 teaspoon curry powder yellow or mild recommended
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350°F
Spread out cashews in a even layer on a 13- X 9-inch rimmed baking sheet.
Warm cashews in the oven for 4 minutes.
Combine butter, curry, onion, and garlic powders. Drizzle over warm cashews and toss to coat.
Return cashews to the oven for 6 minutes.
Cool cashews completely in the pan. Store in a air-tight container.
Curried cashews are rich, buttery, and seasoned with a mild yellow curry. They are a quick, easy and crowd-pleasing appetizer to make for your guests.
Recipe adapted from one in the Fisher Simply NUTrictious recipe booklet published in 1983.