Gracious Goodness Holiday Nut Mix
Christmas is coming and well, there may not be time for all of that holiday baking you planned. So now you're stuck for food gifts. Or maybe not. Every year around the holidays I whip up a batch of Holiday Nut Mix. Perfect as a cocktail nibble at parties and perfect for giving away as a food gift, it requires, get this, ABSOLUTELY NO COOKING OR BAKING.
Yes, you read that right. It's not cheap, but it goes a long way and people absolutely love it. It's got that whole salty, sweet thing going on. And the packaged nuts keep fresh for at least two weeks. Just buy the highest quality nuts you can afford, pack them into food-safe bags or tins, tie with a pretty ribbon or bow and away you go! I like to add little kitchen labels with my name printed on them from Felix Doolittle, but a pretty gift tag would also do the trick.
My first batch this Christmas has already been distributed as gifts, so we'll need to make another batch to have on hand for cocktails and entertaining. When holiday guests arrive unexpectedly, I just grab a pretty bowl, fill it with this mix, whip up a few cocktails, and voila! we have a party.
So, here's the Gracious Goodness secret nut mix recipe:
one 10oz. package of Craisins, two 6 oz. packages Wonderful roasted and salted shelled pistachio nuts (or other brand of shelled pistachios), one 10 oz. jar roasted and lightly salted almonds, one 10 oz. jar smokehouse almonds, two 10 oz. jars praline pecans or glazed pecans or walnuts (I used Praline Pecans from Price Chopper locally but "Killer Pecans" would do the trick, too), one 8.25 oz. jar of lightly salted whole cashews, and one 8.25 oz. jar honey roasted whole cashews.
Put all the nuts and the Craisins into a large mixing bowl. Toss carefully to mix well. Store the nuts at room temperature in a Ziploc storage bag or in individual food-safe bags for gift giving. The mix will stay fresh and crunchy for about two weeks. Enjoy!
This is an original Gracious Goodness recipe.