Cajun Spiced Walnuts

  • Yield 2 cups
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 20 mins

A spicy kick makes these just the ticket as a pre-dinner nibble with drinks.

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California Walnut Board

Prepare them a day ahead if you can, as the flavors blend and mellow overnight.

Ingredients

1 -- egg white
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons mixed dried herbs
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon paprika
2 cups (1 pound) California walnut halves and/or pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350F. Coat a large, shallow baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl place the egg white, garlic salt, herbs, cayenne, and paprika. Beat with a whisk of fork until blended. Add the walnuts and toss until they are evenly coated, then spread in the prepared baking pan.  Bake 16-18 minutes, stirring once after about 8 minutes, until the nuts look dry and toasted. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Store in an airtight container.  (Makes 2 cups)

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: Prepare ingredients as above.  Spread prepared walnuts in microwave-proof dish.  Microwave on high in 4 or 5 batches for 2-3 minutes each, until dry and crisp.  Cool completely.

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