Thursday, June 24, 2010

Nuts...So Warm and Tasty!

Yes, it has been a while since I've posted to the blog, but in the mean time I've been taking life by the nuts! It's fishing season now, my hunting tags have been applied for, and what better to do than get creative. The first thing you may notice is that I've updated to look of my blog, Cooked Animals. I hope you like it! Secondly, I've been slowly getting through my elk meat, so I'll be posting more meat-related recipes soon. And lastly, for Father's Day I got the most "manly" of gifts - a new GrillMaster 4-burner grill from Lowe's, complete with Rotisserie.

For today's recipe, I'm reminded of that one place that is a "Mecca" for outdoors-people, and that is Cabela's. My dad used to work for Cabela's in Michigan, and I know he's had his fair share of those warm, sugary nuts from the Nuts Cart nearly every Cabela's store has right up front. I've made it a goal of mine to recreate those tasty morsels of goodness, and while this recipe is close, there's no substitute for what Cabela's sells, so head out to your nearest Cabela's superstore and get your hands on some nuts!

Note: This recipe uses almonds. Feel free to experiment with your favorite nuts. You may have to adjust the cooking time.

Roasted Almonds 
1 egg white
1 tsp. cold water
4 c. whole almonds
1/2 c. white sugar
3 Tbls. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet or line with a Silpat (makes life much easier!).

Mix together egg white, cold water, white sugar, salt and ground cinnamon. Toss in nuts and stir until evenly coated. Spread nuts evenly on prepared cookie sheet then sprinkle brown sugar over the top.

Bake for one hour, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Allow to cool (but not too much!). Store in airtight container.