I've made a lot of spiced nuts and/or candied nuts in the past, but as far as I'm concerned this is THE RECIPE. The ratio of sweet, salty, and spicy is right on and each piece is evenly coated. There are no duds in the bowl, if you know what I mean. Lastly, BACON...hello! Bacon makes everything better and it definitely makes this snack mix better.
If you're going to make a nut mix this holiday season then please do yourself a favor and make this one! It's my favorite by a long shot.
Sweet and Salty Bacon and Nuts
Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis
via Food Network
8 to 9 slices applewood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
1 large egg white
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup halved walnuts
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Cook the bacon over medium heat in a large skillet until brown and crisp, 8 to 9 minutes. Remove the bacon using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Pour 1/4 cup of the bacon fat on a heavy rimmed baking sheet and spread evenly.
Beat the egg white and salt until just foamy using a whisk in a medium bowl. Gradually add the sugar and beat until just blended. Add the almonds, walnuts, and cayenne pepper. Toss until the nuts are coated.
Spread the nut mixture in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake until the nuts are crisp and brown, about 35 minutes, turning and stirring the nut mixture with a metal spatula every 10 to 15 minutes (this is a very important step to ensure each nut is coated evenly with the mixture). Cool for 2 hours.
Transfer the nut mixture to a bowl; add the bacon pieces and toss to blend. This recipe can be prepared 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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