Pizza Spiced Nuts

September 19, 2015
5 Ratings
Photo by Alpha Smoot
  • Makes about 3 cups
What You'll Need
  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup croutons (preferably homemade, no larger than hazelnuts)
  1. Preheat your oven to 275° F. In a medium-sized bowl, toss the hazelnuts, walnuts, and pine nuts with the oil, and tomato paste, Parmesan cheese, and sugar. In a separate bowl, mix together the salt, dried basil, fresh oregano, fennel seeds, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and crushed red pepper. Set aside. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat (or parchment) and place the nut mixture on the sheet. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, tossing three times during baking—the pine nuts will be golden and the tomato paste crusty when they are done. As soon as the nuts come out of the oven, mix in the spice mixture and croutons. Let them cool completely before serving (or move to an airtight container for storage).

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Clare C. April 17, 2020
This would be a good low carb recipe but for the gratuitous additions of croutons and, even worse, sugar. (Tomato paste, a concentration of tomatoes, already has plenty of natural sugar in it.). The current fixation on ruining perfectly good savory food by wantonly adding sugar started in the South, I think, and it’s now ruining food all across the country. Very unfortunate.