Nothing is tastier at a cocktail party than great finger foods and cold cocktails. A big bowl of roasted nuts are the perfect do-ahead, easy appetizer for entertaining. When hosting a party, give yourself a break and choose menu items that can be prepared ahead of time. You will thank yourself when you aren’t running around in the kitchen, but instead, enjoying your guests. These roasted nuts have a gourmet flavor but are very simple to prepare. They have a salty, lemony, addictive taste that your guests will leave your guests begging for the recipe. This appetizer would pair nicely with sliced apples and a wedge of blue cheese. Another great accompaniment would be a jar or prepared roasted red peppers, crackers, and an herbed log of goat cheese. Caramelized onions with toasty bread always seem to be a crowd pleaser, and also can be served at room temperature.
A successful party is in the details. A simple bowl of roasted nuts served in a beautiful Acacia bowl is what I call, elegant, easy entertaining. Another suggestion would be to serve the nuts in a (name of platter with 3 parts) next to marinated olives, and cheese cubes. With beautiful serving ware in your pantry the combinations are endless. After years of catering and event planning with a lot of fancy equipment and dishes galore, I now enjoy having just a handful of my Acacia wood neutral bowls and platters to make my own parties a success.
Roasted nuts pair nicely with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and my favorite -Champagne.
Roasted Nuts with Lemon, Rosemary, and Sea Salt
4 Cups of roasted unsalted nuts
2 Tablespoons of butter
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
2 Tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
Zest of 2 lemons
1-2 teaspoons of sea salt
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
In a small sauté pan melt the butter and warm the olive oil.
Add in the lemon zest and rosemary, and stir to combine.
Place the nuts in a small Mason Cash mixing bowl, and pour the butter mixture over the top.
Stir to combine the nuts with the butter and olive oil mixture, and sprinkle.
Lay the nuts out evenly onto a lined baking sheet sprinkle with the sea salt.
Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes, stirring half way through the cooking process.
The nuts will become aromatic and golden brown when done.