Smoky Spiced Nuts

Yield 1  1/2 pounds

I like adding smoky flavor with smoked paprika not liquid smoke. For a spicer nut increase the cayenne pepper to 1/4 teaspoon. This recipe doubles well, but be sure to bake on two baking sheets in order to acheive the proper crunchiness.

2 egg whites
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to taste
8 ounces whole almonds
8 ounces pecan halves
8 ounces walnut halves
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and salt until very foamy. Gradually add the sugar and beat until soft peaks form when the beaters are lifted from the egg foam. Fold in the Worcestershire Sauce, paprika, and cayenne. Stir in the nuts and butter, coating the nuts well. Spread in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until crisp and golden, 30 to 40 minutes. Immediately scrape the nuts from the pan while hot and spread on a sheet of foil until cool. Break into clusters or into individual nuts. Store tightly covered for up to 2 weeks.

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