Sunday, December 16, 2007

cajun cashews

this recipe was given to me by a colleague's wife and i quickly adopted it as my holiday gift to family and friends. this year i made 20 pounds! these are easy to put together, the recipe can be adjusted to your heat preference and they are highly addictive. you'll need raw cashews. they can be found at trader joe's (best value), whole foods (organic) or krema nuts (big, beautiful and expensive).

cajun cashews

2 tbs butter
2 tbs red wine vinegar
2 tbs tabasco or other hot sauce
1 tbs cayenne pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp salt
4 cups raw cashews

preheat oven to 350 degrees. incorporate all ingredients except cashews in a saucepan on medium heat. when butter is melted and mixture begins to simmer, remove from heat and pour in cashews. stir until cashews are completely coated. pour cashews onto a foil lined jelly roll pan and bake for about 12 minutes or until nuts begin to turn golden brown. let cool for 5 minutes on pan and then scrape into mixing bowl and toss.

this year i used frank's red hot sauce but if you wanted more heat you could use something from cajohn's. you can also use more or less cayenne pepper to adjust the heat level. they taste great with my favorite beer.


Emiline said...

Oh, my goodness...I love cashews.
Those look so good. We definitely don't have cashews like that, here. (We don't have Trader Joes, Whole Foods)

thefrieds said...

Not only did we scarf these last night, but I found that they are delicious for breakfast too! I like the fact that they are salty and spicy without any added sweetness as so many nut recipes are sweet. Thanks for sharing the recipe - a new favorite!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe. Having been a resident of New Orleans for 8 years and married to a Creole, this is right up my gastronomical alley. Have you tried "Zapp's Cajun Crawtators?". Zapps are a potato chip from Louisiana unlike any other.

javagirlkt's cookin' said...

I saw you in the paper today! How exciting :)

Dave said...

Nice photo in the paper!

I just went to Krema yesterday and bought a bunch of cashews. This or columbusfoodie's brittle is where they're going!

Fiber said...

Wow - I'll need to make these. These look absolutely fantastic! Great picture too!

Anonymous said...

If you don't have a Trader Joes or a Whole Foods, if you have ANY bit of an Indian community, there is an Indian store there somewhere.

Indian stores sell raw nuts of all kinds, including cashews. And peanuts, and almonds, and pistachios, you name it, and it's a lot cheaper there than it is at a normal "American" store. They also have an excellent spice selection.