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Rodeo Nuts & Jerky . . . Why Not??

rodeonuts_2015There’s always lots of parties to attend this time of year; many of which you may be asked to bring a ‘dish’. Why not bring something different this year?  A platter of assorted snacks with some of your own homemade jerky added in.  And, just to make that tray an even bigger hit, fill the center with a big bowl of homemade cinnamon-glazed nuts.

 

These nuts – sometimes referred to as ‘Rodeo Nuts’ – have a crunchy glaze of vanilla flavored cinnamon sugar.  They are great for snacking, but are equally delicious for chopping and adding to your favorite granola, topping home-baked cinnamon rolls, adding to waffles, sprinkling on  ice cream, using as a cake decoration and just about any thing else you can think of.

 

Best part, they are pretty simple to make. All you need is a non-stick skillet, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and  nuts.   Just about any nut will work but pecans, walnuts are best.  You can use cashews,  however,  since they have a high oil content and tend to break apart when stirring, limit the quantity of them to less than half the total amount of nuts used.  Also, this recipe is not recommended to double.

 

Cinnamon-Glazed Nuts

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups mixed nuts (pecans, walnuts, cashews)
  • 5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups mixed nuts (pecans, walnuts, cashews)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl mix the water, sugar and vanilla until well blended
  2. Stir in the cinnamon making sure there are no lumps and it is totally incorporated into the mixture
  3. Pour this mixture into a large, non-stick skillet cooking over medium-low heat stirring occasionally
  4. When the syrup begins to form threads, add in the nuts and gently turn the nuts until they are evenly coated
  5. Continue to gently turn and stir until the syrup evaporates and the sugar crystallized on the nuts
  6. Remove from heat and spread g
  7. In a small bowl mix the water, sugar and vanilla until well blended
  8. Stir in the cinnamon making sure there are no lumps and it is totally incorporated into the mixture
  9. Pour this mixture lazed nuts on was paper to cool
  10. Once cool, store in an airtight container

If you want to give a basket of jerky, or jerky making products like packets of seasoning, knives, etc., this link will show you how to wrap a professional looking cellophane gift basket.

 

 

http://perfectjerky.com/how-to/how-to-wrap-a-cellophane-gift-basket/

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