I have been on an almond kick. Nuts in general. So, if you aren't a nut lover, the next week or so might be difficult for you. I had these back around the holidays and I am just now getting to recreate them, (2nd time is a charm for the record).
I get so many ideas and recipe ideas when I try to recreate things I have eaten. Even better when I make my own twisted up versions of things I have eaten. Some of you all through anything in a crock pot, I add anything to pasta! HA! I have a sister, #2 to be exact who I mentioned previously adds peas to every damn dish under the sun. Worse yet is #5 who adds peppers and onions to every dang thing. I have given up on helping these people. We all know someone who is the one ingredient wonder, they add that baby to everything! What does your one ingredient wonder add?
My ingredient this month has been nuts. What can ya do, we all go through phases right?
Now you will need roasted almonds. IF you do not buy or have access to already roasted almonds, just toss those babies on a baking sheet into a 325 oven for about 15 minutes.
Wa-LA. Got me?
These are a perfect "picky" food. Game night, game day, party food, you name it, these are delish!
You will need
3 cups whole almonds
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tsps. cinnamon
In a large skillet OFF of the heat, add sugar, water and cinnamon. Whisk or stir until all ingredients are combined. Add in your almonds and stir until they are well coated. Now is where the patience comes in. It took me 8 minutes on a med-med/high burner, constantly stirring to get these babies done. The mixture will become very syrupy. No worries, at some point, maybe 6 or 7 minutes in, there will be much less syrup, if any at all, and the almonds will almost look furry. HA! Who says that about their food? At least we aren't cooking chicken, right? Furry chicken?
Anyway, when this happens remove immediately from the heat. Dump them out on a baking sheet, separate them well. You know, ya gotta keep em' separated. Let them cool completely, and then hit it. Nosh on these babies until the cows come up.
Enjoy friends! I know we did!
Your "feeling nutty" Chefwannabe