Monday, March 4, 2013

I'll Have Another

Have you ever noticed that you can tell the style of a bar and price of the drinks just by the nuts that they serve? Peanuts in the shell that you crack yourself and throw on the floor?  Chain or dive bar. Salted mixed nuts in little silver bowls? Hotel lounge. The artisanal variety? Upscale restaurant or hotel bar that uses only organic fresh juices as mixers. These tasty snacks may be prepared with a variety of herbs and/or a sweet and salty spice mixture. All the better to to encourage multiple drink orders. If they get stingy on the free refills, make them yourself.

Rosemary Walnuts
Adapted from Martha Stewart

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
1 1/2 cups walnuts
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the rosemary and chipotle powder. Cook, stirring, 15 seconds. Add walnuts, salt, sugar, water, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring, until glossy and fragrant, about 4 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

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