Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
This is an easy food gift idea that I got from Food Network. I'm not a walnut person but those in my life that are love these! Thanks to Michael Chiarello of Food Network...this is his recipe.
- In a deep saucepan, pour oil to a depth of at least 3 inches and heat to 350 degrees F.
- While the oil is heating, bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Measure the salt, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and black pepper into a small bowl and mix well.
- Holding the nuts in a sieve, dip them briefly into the boiling water, about 1 minute for large halves.
- (Blanching removes some of the tannins and makes walnuts taste sweet).
- Transfer to a large bowl with a little water clinging to them.
- While the nuts are still hot and wet, add the sugar and toss well to evenly coat.
- The sugar will melt on contact with the hot nuts.
- Keep stirring and tossing until all the sugar has melted.
- If bits of unmelted sugar remain on the nuts, they will not fry properly.
- Stir the nuts again before frying.
- Using a large slotted spoon, transfer a few nuts to the hot oil, allowing the foam to subside before adding another spoonful.
- (Otherwise, the oil could foam over and burn you).
- Fry in small batches until the nuts are medium brown, about 1 minute.
- Be careful not to overcook.
- Scatter on an unlined baking sheet to cool slightly.
- While the nuts are still warm, transfer them to a bowl and sprinkle evenly with about half of the spice mix.
- Toss well to distribute the spices and then taste a nut.
- Add more spice mix, to taste, and toss well after each addition.
- When cool, pack in an airtight jar.
- They will keep at room temperature for at least 2 weeks.