SMOKY CANDIED CIDER WALNUTS
Everyone will be impressed by these delectable smoky sweet nut meats! Perfect topper or snack. You’ll want to triple or quadruple this recipe!
Makes 1 cup
1/3 c. apple cider
1/3 c. dark brown sugar
1/4 t. pink Himalaya salt
sev. twists fresh black pepper grind
light sprinkling powdered ginger
a few drops liquid smoke
1 c. walnut halves
1 lg. scoop granulated sugar
In medium skillet, over med.-low heat combine cider, brown sugar, pink salt, black pepper and ginger. Stir well and reduce by about 1/3rd.
Add liquid smoke and walnuts. Stir well to coat evenly, then let the liquid cook down, while stirring often.
When liquid evaporates and walnuts are still moving about loosely in a minimal amount of syrup, remove pan immediately from heat.
When walnuts are at room temperature and skillet is at most lukewarm, add a large scoop of granulated sugar to skillet and move walnuts around to coat.
Transfer skillet to counter top, and taking your time, separate each walnut piece and thoroughly coat with sugar before placing in wire mesh strainer.
When done, shake strainer to remove excess sugar and lay walnuts out on a plate in one layer to further cool to room temperature.
Use to top a dessert, a salad, sauteed veggies; or put out as a snack. Or give as a gift.
Notes: Smoky Candied Walnuts make a great host/hostess gift! Pack in a recycled jar with no print on the lid. Wrap it in a ribbon or whatever. Slide it into a gift bag with a thank you note in advance!
Everybody has walnuts on sale during the holidays. Do something memorable with them. These are memorable!