Holiday Spiced Nuts

This is a double batch, 3 cups to serve, 3 cups to gift-away. Buy nuts from bulk bins in market ? they are better priced than nuts on baking aisle.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 12 min
  • Prep: 2 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 cups
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Ingredients

2 cups walnut halves

1 cup peeled hazelnuts

1 cup whole unsalted cashews

1 cup whole pecan halves

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon ground anise

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon coarse black pepper

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, eyeball it

1 cup smoked almonds (recommended: Diamond Smokehouse almonds)

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet and cook nuts over moderate heat 7 to 8 minutes until golden and well toasted ¿ your nose will know when they are done. Transfer nuts to a plate and return pan to stove top. Add butter to the pan in small pieces. Melt butter and spice it with anise, cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. Let butter infuse a minute then pour over nuts. Turn off heat. Add smoked nuts to the skillet and turn to combine evenly with butter.