Olive Oil-Sauteed Almonds
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 pound blanched almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat for 2 minutes or until an almond dropped into the oil sizzles. Add 1/2 of the almonds to the pan, lower the heat, and saute, stirring often, until the color of light caramel, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining almonds.
Place in a medium bowl and toss to coat with the salt and Essence. Serve warm or let cool and keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
Yield: about 2/3 cup
Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.