Monday . . . is my heaviest cleaning day.
It’s not really a day I look forward to with much anticipation. I like a clean house, so it has to be done. After the dusting was done, mirrors were cleaned and the vacuum was put away, I began to think about the dinner menu. I opened the freezer and found a large bag of Almonds.
My mind drifted back to Christmas. I made these addictive little nuts . . . but they simply didn’t last long enough. I grabbed that bag of nuts! You can make these Glazed Cinnamon & Sugar Almonds in 10 minutes flat!
Make sure that you read my updated notes below.
It takes me much longer to figure out how to style it, which bowls to use and la dee da de dah. My husband happened to come home just as I was setting this shot up, and he just shakes his head and laughs at me. He still can’t figure out why I won’t turn the lights on, or use a flash.
Seriously . . . you can make the nuts much quicker than you could go downtown and buy them.
I’ve figured something out though. If you want a bit more chunky Glaze on the nuts, sprinkle raw sugar crystals over the nut/syrup mixture right before you place the silpat lined cookie sheet in the oven.
I also briefly toss the nuts, half way through the cooking time (10 minutes) and move the center out to the edges. Don’t over stir though. If you over stir the nuts, the glaze will dry up quickly and you will lose it all to your pan! Not good. After you pull the nuts from the oven, give them a quick little toss, making sure that all the syrup is up and covering the nuts.
Then . . . LEAVE THEM ALONE TO DRY.
Oh . . . they will be perfect!
The nuts would be perfect snack to take to your Super Bowl Party! You better make a lot of them though. They won’t last very long.
My little notes:
Make sure that you use good quality Vanilla & Cinnamon. I happen to double the amount of Vanilla, and I’ve already done that for you in the link above. After putting the syrupy nuts on the silpat lined cookie sheet, then I sprinkle another 1/4 cup of granulated white sugar, or raw crystal sugar over those nuts. Place the cookie sheet in the oven, and toss gently half way through. Try to bring the middle out to the corners. The corners always bake faster. Twenty minutes is about perfect in my oven. The nuts will still seen wet, but this is what you need and want. If you over-bake them, the glaze gets dry and falls off the nuts. When the nuts are out of the oven, I take a heat proof spatula, and carefully toss them gently. Make sure that the syrup that is on the bottom of the pan is lifted up and coats the nuts. Leave them in clusters and walk away! Don’t come back and stir them. Let the nuts dry and cool thoroughly.
I promise you will have glorious, beautiful, addictive Glazed Cinnamon & Sugar Almonds. You can also use Pecans, Cashews, Hazelnuts or a mixture of your favorites. I like to buy the bags of whole raw Almonds from Sams Club. Each bag has 9 cups of Almonds. You can 3x the recipe below, and store them in a tupperware type container or share.
Here is a quick list of some other ideas for your big Super Bowl Parties:
Without a doubt, I’d be serving this . . . a pizza in every flavor possible.
Pizza and salad just go together. You can’t have one without the other.
This is my favorite salad on earth.
A party isn’t complete without a selection of dips & chips . . . for all the dips who come to your party!
fyi: I’ve been adding about 1/2 cup of Salsa into the mixture before pouring it into a baking dish & topping with cheese.
It’s even better.
I would have everything prepared to make: (chicken, sausage, fried won-tons, shaved parmesan, olives, tomatoes, sauce)
I’d probably be serving my garden grown bottled salsa,
this is also DARN GOOD SALSA . . . made quick.
For those who just don’t care for pizza, they might dive into these:
Oh so delicious as is, or shredded for Sandwiches: Crock Pot Barbecue Chicken
How about a Homemade Egg McMuffin on Homemade Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
Creamy Chicken Chili in Slow Cookers.
o.k . . . we love Nuts & Bolts
My husband would love a bowl of these sitting on his lap.
I want a bowl of this sitting in my lap.
OUR FAVORITE POPCORN BALLS are always a good choice – your guests can just grab one & run.
We love these.
Our family doesn’t celebrate anything without this – it really is spectacular!
Many, Many cookie sheets full of these for sure.
Oh gosh . . . this is addictive!
For those who want something just a tad fancier, I would make these:
Even if I didn’t make the puff, I would serve a huge tray of fresh fruit and use this cream for the fruit dip.
How about this fast, easy and delicious
I would sure be serving yummy Brownies
Last but not least our favorite Orange Rolls . . . to die for
Bring on the game!