Pecans, almonds, peanuts, cashews - I love them all. A nut mix is a great thing to serve with drinks before dinner, or, if you must, instead of dinner. Any combination of nuts and seeds can be used, here I've used almonds, pecans, peanuts and pumpkin seeds. Faintly sweet, gently spicy, and fragrant with sage and ginger. Mmmm.
Sage and Ginger Mixed Nuts
2 1/2 cup nuts (can be all of one kind or a mixture to your liking)
1 egg white
1 Tablespoon water
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
dash or two of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Mix the egg white and water lightly with a fork. Add the nuts and stir to cover. Combine the brown sugar, sage, ginger, pepper and salt and then add it to the nuts, stirring well to coat. Spread on a parchment lined large baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the nuts are golden brown and the sugar has lightly caramelized. Be careful towards the end as it takes no time at all for the nuts to go from golden brown to burnt.
Cool, break apart and store in a covered container. Can be frozen.