Salt and Pepper Roasted Nuts

My husband and I both have our weaknesses when it comes to snack food. I've met very few sweet things I didn't like, while he caves to treats of a salty nature. I'm sure there's a statement on our relationship in there somewhere. 

I was in the kitchen staring down a couple of Costco bags of nuts last week and trying to figure out a simple way to make them snackable. I found lots of recipes to season them, but none of those had a method to really make everything stick. Don't you hate it when you've finished something like these and there's a pile of seasoning left at the bottom of the container?

I knew I had a couple of recipes for sweet nuts that used an egg white, and wondered if it would work as well for a savory treat. Turns out, the answer is yes!

Salt and Pepper Roasted Nuts

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 cups nuts (whatever you like - I used almonds and pecans)
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper (I used at least 4x this amount for my pepper fan!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Whip the egg white and water until it's frothy. Toss in the nuts and stir until they're well coated. Sprinkle on the salt and pepper, adding a bit and stirring until it's distributed evenly.

Pour the nuts onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Stir. Bake another 10 minutes and stir again, breaking up clusters. Repeat for another 5 minutes or until the nuts are browned and dry.

Cool completely and store in an airtight container.