There are some stores where it’s just wise to hand out samples. When we were in Vancouver a few months ago, we stopped at a store that sells dried fruit and nuts. We went specifically for their vegetable chips (which I have tried to replicate, unsuccessfully), which are amazing. The first time we tried them was actually when we were leaving Vancouver, snacking on them on the car-ride to Calgary, wishing that we had discovered their glory earlier when we could still buy them whenever we wanted. Regardless, as we browsed around the store, one of the guys that worked there was handing out samples of all sorts of flavoured nuts. We tasted the garlic roasted almonds and couldn’t resist. We left with a bag that we have since treasured as it slowly dwindles down to nothing.
Not only are they great for snacking but they also add something special to salads and to a more general impromptu nut mix. Ever since I started working at home, having tasty, easy-to-grab snacks around has become increasingly important. I have a feeling that after my recent experiment, popcorn will become more and more present around the house, but nuts are also a great alternative and it’s always nice to have some flavoured ones that don’t go down the sweet route.
I have to admit, the ones we bought in Vancouver were potent, you wouldn’t be snuggling close to anyone after eating those before a serious teeth-brushing or gum-chewing session. While I loved the intense flavour, I don’t mind that these have a much more subtle garlic flavour. You can definitely tell that they are garlic-flavored but you can have a handful at a party without feeling totally self-conscious. If you are looking for a stronger garlic flavour, just add another clove!
Base recipe from Smitten Kitchen
Depending on the intensity of the garlic flavour that you are looking for, use either 3 or 4 garlic cloves. These are great on their own but also added to salad or in a nut mix!
Preheat oven to 300F.
In a small bowl, whisk egg white and water until frothy.
Add cayenne pepper, grated garlic and salt.
Toss almonds with egg white mixture and spread on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake almonds for 30 minutes, stirring once midway through to break up clumps.
Remove from oven, break up clumps and let cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
Garlic roasted almonds Recipe was last modified: January 12, 2014 by