Game Day Snacks Part 2

by angelika on January 23, 2011

What goes better with beer and sports than crunchy snacks? Pizza maybe, but you still need the crunch. Especially if the other team pulls ahead, you need to work out your frustration on some poor unsuspecting pretzel or nut. Right? So here are two new recipes I tested today for the big game. Both of these are inspired by Martha. Both really delicious. I am a sucker for a cashew, so the Chili Lime Cashews were my personal favorite. We also have a Sweet Chili Pretzel Mix that is definitely delicious. I think we are all set for tomorrow.

Chile- Lime Cashews
2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp finely grated lime zest
2 TBS brown sugar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 egg white
3 cups raw unsalted cashews
Preheat the oven to 350ยบ.
In a medium bowl using a wooden spoon, grind together the lime zest and salt. 

Add the brown sugar, egg white, and red pepper flakes. Whisk together until the mixture is foamy. 

Stir in three cups of cashews and mix very well to make sure they are all well coated. 

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until golden and fragrant. About 20 minutes. 

Let mixture cool completely and then place in a container to serve, or in an airtight container to store. I made these the day ahead. They are so incredibly delicious that there are now only two of the three cups left. 
~ Part 2 ~
Sweet Chili Pretzel Mix
4 cups thin pretzel sticks
2 cups raw almonds
4 TBS butter
4 TBS brown sugar
1/2 tsp chili powder
Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Add the brown sugar and chili powder. We have kids here so this is not a very spicy chili powder. If you want to turn up the heat you can use cayenne or a hot chili. I was thinking a chipotle chili powder might be wonderful. Stir the mixture until it boils. 

Mix the almonds and the pretzels in a bowl and cover with the butter sugar sauce. Stir very well to coat. I eventually just used my hands to really get in there.

Place the mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 or so. You are looking for crisp almonds. 

Remove from sheet and serve, or store at room temp in an airtight container. These came our very savory with a subtle chili flavor and a more powerful brown sugar hit. Little Man would not stop “testing” them. I think we have the crunch managed, now bring on those Packers. :-) 

Go Bears!

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