Sweet and Salty Mixed Nuts

It happens every year ~ I buy more nuts than I actually need for holiday baking... 'just in case'.  I bag and seal the excess and store them in the freezer.  By mid-summer it occurs to me that I better figure out a way to use them up before the next holiday season.

I don't do as much baking in warm weather, but we do like to have smaller meals, and sometimes just a nibble . . .

A little treat to go along with cool, refreshing beverages when it's just too hot to eat ~ or cook.

A particular favorite here is icy water with a twist of lemon or lime, it's so refreshing.

Though this recipe is new to me, it's been around since at least the early 1990's.  It is an adaptation from those served at San Francisco's Fog City Diner.  

They only take a few minutes to put together, and that can be done in the cool of the morning. 

The bonus is there is no need to turn the oven on ~ no baking or roasting involved. The preparation is a simple 3 step process; put the nuts in a pot of water, bring it to a boil then drain. Toss with some powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar) and shallow fry for just a couple of moments in an inch or two of vegetable oil, then drain and place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with kosher or sea salt and allow to cool.  As they cool they crisp up very nicely.

And they'll be all ready to enjoy with your favorite cold drink as the day heats up.

They are exceptionally good!  
The bad thing is, they are addictive.

You can use your favorite type of nut, or mix up any combination you like ~ I used almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and pecans.

This one is definitely going into my 'keeper' file.

If you like nuts, I hope you'll give this one a try ~ and keep it in mind for your next party or get together.  They would make a fine little gift from your kitchen, too.

If you would like a printable copy of the recipe ~ you'll find it HERE on my recipe blog.

Thank you for coming by today!


  1. Oh, don't they look good? It really is nice to enjoy these now instead of the holidays....too much other eating going on then. Thanks. Susan

  2. sounds tasty, i will take mine with the lav cocktail please~

  3. Oh, I love all-things NUTS -- these look devine :)


  4. Addictive! I believe it. I love that sweet and salty combination. Yum, and I have nuts in the freezer. OH no..:)
    Thanks for the recipe,

  5. They look wonderful! I wish I had some now. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Ces photos sont engageantes... je deviens déjà addictive en les regardant!!!
    Gros bisous

  7. Perfect for nibbling and I like the idea idea of baking them in the wee hours of the morning to avoid heating up the kitchen.

  8. You're really making me yen for some of these nuts. It's a technique that's new to me and I'll try it.

  9. Ohhhh this sounds good!! I am seriously going to have to make another trip to the grocery store so I can try it!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. I need to buy nuts. Can't wait to try.


  11. I have a freezer full of nuts! I have to try this one and I love that the oven does not need to be turned on! Beautiful Mary!

  12. Yummy, I think I may try this one! I love Fog City Diner:) I think they make the best cioppino,

  13. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such sweet comments ~ I hope if you try them that you like them as well as we did. Have a lovely day everyone!

  14. Thank you for this easy & interesting idea, Mari! I've "sugared" almonds & pecans before to go in salads but this is a totally different method with the addition of salt, too. Yum!

    I have those same little white dishes! I ♥ their interesting curves. I was only able to buy 7 of them so if you see them again will you please let me know? I'd like to get 8-12.

    BTW, I made your warm bacon dressing & it was Delicious! I'll post it next week.
    Thanks for all you share so beautifully.


  15. What a nice treat for a relaxing time and you feel hunger of something... looks so yummy...
    I am back from my vacations and in blogging world too…
    A little post to share some of my moments of vacation... hope you like to visit and enjoy it...


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