Garlic Rosemary Scented Almonds

Did you brave the crowds for any returns or shopping yesterday?  I went to Hallmark at 9:00 right when they opened, and it was a mad house.  I walked through quickly, grabbed a few ornaments, and headed straight for the checkout.  I didn’t second guess anything, just in and out.  I was back in my car by 9:10.  The rest of the day was spent at home, minus the girls night out for Mexican and Margaritas :) After Christmas shoppers are crazy!

I love having spiced nuts around the house to snack on.  I often send in a container for my husband to have at his desk at work.  They make for a quick healthy snack.  I made these almonds as part of the gifts I gave my son’s teachers.  They turned out way better than I had hoped for, so I will be making another batch after the New Year when my husband goes back to work.  I am pretty sure these will be frequently around here.

These nuts came together very quickly.  In less than 15 minutes they were done.  I had a few of them warm, and they were delicious.  These are a great savory snack to have out with drinks, or an appetizer for your New Years party.  Put them out right away warm, and then people can enjoy them all through the night.

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Spicy Honey Roasted Almonds

Almonds are a great snack.  They are full of protein, and healthy fats.  But sometimes snacking on just plain nuts can be boring.  And buying those pre-made mixes of mixed nuts or spiced nuts are so expensive.  They are so easy to do at home, and I am sure they are much better for you.

Jean made these awhile ago, and I have had them in the back of my mind since.  I have been playing with different nuts, and slightly different combinations of my Indian Spiced Nuts lately, but wanted to try something new.  My husband likes it spicy, so I thought it was the perfect time to try these.  They are great mix of sweet and spicy.

These really are super easy to throw together.  There is about 5 minutes of hands on work, then bake them for 10, let them cool and you are done.  I only managed to have a small handful of these before the disappeared to my husbands work.  He likes to take them, so he has healthy snacks at his desk throughout the day.  These would be great to have on hand for snacks, or to put on on your holiday appetizer table.

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Jordan Almond Crusted Chicken

Jordan Almonds are not just for weddings anymore.  A few weeks ago, Oh! Nuts asked if I was interested in receiving some Jordan Almonds to develop a recipe.  Sure why not?!  I had never had a Jordan Almond before, so I was a little nervous.  I figured Google would save me, and I could find something to build on.  NOPE!!  Not a single recipe could I find that used Jordan Almonds. Well, the package arrived and they were nothing like what I thought.  In my head I was thinking M&M without the chocolate.  Not so much.  The candy coating is very thick, and they are full size almonds; so they are big.  This is probably nothing you don’t already know, I seem to be the last one on the planet who didn’t know what Jordan Almonds were.

I came up with a couple ideas of what to do with them, and ran them by my husband.  We both decided that Blondies were the way to go.  So, I whipped up my normal Blondie recipe, adding in some chopped Jordan Almonds and a few chocolate chips.  They came out of the oven, and they were fine.  I mean if I was using regular almonds, I would say the recipe was a real winner.  But the candy coating got completely lost.  Back to the drawing board.  How about almond bark, with other candy and Jordan Almonds?  Too safe.  How about a cupcake and using Jordan Almonds for decoration?  Seemed like cheating.  How about almond crusted chicken, with Jordan Almonds?  Just might work!

This chicken was moist and actually really good.  You get a little bit of sweetness from the candy coating, but not over powering.  I made a Beurre Blanc sauce to go with it, and I would not recommend that.  It had shallots in it, and it just added too much sweetness.  It was must better on its own.  Maybe a mustard cream sauce would be better, or even a little bit of cheese would be good.  I am going to have to keep my husband out of the bag of almonds, so I can make this again!

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