sweet and spicy nuts with bacon

Total Time: 2 hr 55 min Prep 10 min Inactive 2 hr 0 min Cook 45 min Yield: About 3 cups (6 to 8 servings
sweet and spicy nuts with bacon
sweet and spicy nuts with bacon

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servings

Ingredients

  • 8

    ounces (8 to 9 slices), applewood-smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces

  • 1

    large egg white

  • 1/4

    teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/3

    cup sugar

  • 1

    cup raw almonds (about 5 ounces)

  • 1

    cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (about 4 ounces)

  • 1/4

    teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

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. 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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