A Work in Progress…

So a couple months ago I became obsessed with Chile Lime Cashews. You can get them at Trader Joe’s and they’re delicious…if you want all the unhealthy oils and preservatives, yeah…you could go with those. I love you Trader Joe’s and I love lot’s of the foods you carry, but your roasted nuts are all made with Canola Oil and, well let’s face it, it’s not a good option. In fact the rise of heart disease in this nation can be directly correlated to the push that Canola Oil was a healthy oil, or not, I don’t know Google if you want research, you can pretty much find an argument in favor of any statement you want to make and science to back up your position.

but I digress… back to the cashews.

I had an idea to make my own, armed and inspired with a spice blend from Trader Joe’s called Chile Lime I made my first batch…and they were, well, burnt. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th batches all showed improvement in flavor and texture, and actually got us closer to a recipe, but still something wasn’t right. BTW, I ditched the Spice Blend from TJs after the first couple batches. It was promising, but it fell short on flavor and zero heat. Today I think we may have cracked the code on these. Chelsea whipped up a batch of my Chipotle Seasoning and I setup the Olive Oil with a lemon zest infusion. We’ll see, you be the judge.

First make the Seasoning Blend:

Now to make the roasted Cashews:

Step 1: Zest 1 lime into 2-3 TBSP of Olive Oil and let it sit for a couple hours.

Step 2: Toss Raw Cashews in the Olive Oil infusion and make sure they soak up all the oil.

Step 3: Toss the Cashews in the Spice Blend

Step 3: Spread out on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes and then turn the cookie sheet around and bake for another 4-6 minutes. Oven temperatures may vary and you don’t want them to burn.

Step 4: Remove from oven and transfer to a bowl. Juice the lime over them while they’re hot. The juice will steam adding more lime flavor. If you don’t like that much lime you can skip this step.

Step 5: Eat them while they’re warm! They’re delicious. Save some for snacks later.

Enjoy!