These easy herbed roasted almonds from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse are so versatile. Perfect to serve with drinks, they would make a terrific snack to serve at your New Year’s Eve party. Or if someone else is hosting, roasted almonds also make an amazing low maintenance host/hostess gift.
Beyond that, you can roast up a batch and keep them around the house or the office for healthy snacking anytime! I’ve personally made a New Year’s resolution to do just that.
When we have people over for dinner, I like to offer a little something to munch on with pre-dinner drinks. But I don’t necessarily want people to fill up on snacks or hors d’oeuvres before the main course is served. That’s where these herbed roasted almonds come in. (Oh, if you have a few extra minutes, spoil your guests even more and make these spicy cheddar cheese straws!)
They take just about five minutes to assemble and get in the oven. The almonds are tossed in a little bit of salted water before roasting which helps to ensure that every almond gets properly seasoned. After they come out, just toss them with a little olive oil, add some salt and they are ready to go.
The original recipe calls for using thyme and winter savory, but I’ve never seen winter savory at my grocery store, so I settled for just thyme. I love the earthy flavor of thyme, but you could use other herbs like rosemary or oregano. You could also substitute other nuts for the almonds, like cashews.
I’ve never been to Chez Panisse but it’s definitely on my bucket list. For whenever we finally get around to that California trip! From all I’ve read about the place, it sounds like exactly the sort of food I love best. Simple, seasonal, light and perfectly executed.
Do you have any restaurants you’re dying to try?