Spiced Nuts

This is a terrific recipe from Marcus Samuelsson.  These nuts have just the right amount of spice and sugar. Warning, you may not be able to control yourself.  These also make great hostess gifts presented in a pointy shaped plastic goody bag, available at most craft stores, tied with decorative ribbon.

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup unsalted raw cashews

1/2 cup peeled and blanched whole almonds

1/2 cup walnut halves

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. cayenne

1 tbsp. light brown sugar

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add nuts, cinnamon, salt, paprika and cayenne and cook, stirring often, until nuts are fragrant and golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

Crumble sugar over nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is melted and coats nuts, about 3 minutes.

Transfer to a bowl and serve warm, or cool and store in an airtight container at room temp. For up to 1 week.