As a food writer and recipe developer, I’m always interested in food trends – it’s fascinating to watch certain dishes, ingredients, regions, or types of cooking become popular, and see them trickle down across restaurants, cooking shows, food magazines, food blogs and supermarkets.
One global trend in recent years has been Dude Food or Man Food, which focuses on meaty, salty and fatty food like burgers, ribs, chicken wings and bacon. Basically if it’s big, bold and bad, it’s considered Dude Food.
While I think the notion of gender specific food is ultimately a marketing gimmick, I do love the way Dude Food embraces bold flavours and highly seasoned food. So these spicy roasted almonds are my homage to Dude Food – they’re hot and spicy and they’re the type of nuts you want to eat while watching a movie or game, or relaxing after work with friends.
These Spicy Roasted Almonds are simple to prepare and incredibly tasty – it’s basically impossible to eat just one handful of these. While you might be tempted to eat them warm from the oven, do give them time to cool down and crisp up before serving – the crunchy texture is part of their winning appeal.
If you have any leftovers store them in an air-tight container at room temperature so they don’t soften up. But really, the chances you are going to have leftovers are almost non-existent. Enjoy!
- 2 cups almonds
- 1 tablespoon neutral flavoured oil (e.g. vegetable oil or sunflower oil)
- 1 teaspoon garam marsala
- ¾ teaspoon salt flakes
- ½ teaspoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon hot cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.
- Spread over baking tray and roast mixture for 12 minutes.
- Remove tray from oven and leave to cool completely before serving.