Pepper & Garlic Toasted Almonds
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
- 3 cups (about 1 pound) whole almonds
- salt to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy frying pan over medium-low heat. Put in the garlic, pepper and red pepper flakes, and stir them around until well distributed. Add the almonds, and stir and shake the pan until the nuts begin to brown lightly and develop a toasty-nutty aroma. Taste to be sure they are roasted enough. Drain almonds on paper towels, and lightly salt the nuts to your taste. Cool and serve, or pack into airtight jars for later use.