Spicy Rosemary Cashews

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These nuts are addictive. They make an easy and tasty appetizer, party favor, hostess gift, or holiday treat. I like to have a bowl on the table for game nights with friends.

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from: Peace Meals
makes: 3 1/2 cups

1 pound whole unsalted roasted cashews
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chile de arbol
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the cashews on a rimmed baking sheet and heat in the oven for 4 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl to form a paste. Add the warm cashews and mix gently until evenly coated. May be served warm or at room temperature.

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* ground, dried chile de arbol is a great substitute for cayenne pepper. It is still spicy, but I think it has a little more flavor. It is a rung lower on the Scoville scale, but freshly ground chile de arbol can be just as spicy as cayenne that has been sitting on the shelf for a while. If I ever use dried chiles in a recipe, I usually like to grind up the rest for use in other recipes. A second or old coffee grinder is great for grinding spices and dried chiles. Just make sure to keep it separate from your regular coffee grinder.

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