Food gifts are a wonderful way to show the important people in your life that you care, and they’re also easy to do in bulk so you can gift them to your neighbor, the mailman, add a jar to a basket headed for your aunt or dear friend across the country, send one to your grandma who insists you shouldn’t buy her anything, but you know she secretly loves it when you tuck goodies and snacks in with the requisite Christmas card and updated family photo for her. You know who I’m talking about.
These rosemary and honey roasted nuts are the perfect blend of sweet and salty, and they last for a few weeks rather than needing to be consumed immediately. You can use whatever mix of nuts you prefer, and these are a wonderful gift that are easy enough for children to make. Once the nuts have completely cooled, they can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 3 weeks.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- cracked black pepper to taste
- 5 cups raw mixed nuts (e.g. almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, etc.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, rosemary, sea salt and black pepper. Stir in the nuts and continue to stir until evenly coated.
Spread the nuts onto a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single later. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
When nuts have cooled, place in jars or store in airtight containers.
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|Shaina Olmanson is the freelance writer, photographer, and home cook behind Food for My Family. Cooking daily with and for her four kids and husband, Ole, drives her desire to inspire other families to do the same. Shaina is also the author of Desserts in Jars and contributes regularly to a variety of online sites and traditional print magazines.