Sweet and Salty Bacon and Nuts

Total Time:
2 hr 55 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
2 hr
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
About 3 cups (6 to 8 servings)
Level:
Easy

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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