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Sweet and Salty Bacon and Nuts

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 55 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 2 hr
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: About 3 cups (6 to 8 servings)
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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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