Garlicky Habanero Macadamia Nuts Recipe

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Garlicky Habanero Macadamia Nuts Recipe
Macadamia Nuts
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Macadamia Nuts

Most North Americans think habanero equals fire. I think habanero equals aromas of tropical fruit and flowers... plus some pretty searing heat. By roasting habaneros along with garlic and blending them into seasoning, we’ve already mitigated their heat without doing too much damage to that beautifully aromatic flavor. Adding a touch of honey soothes the heat to a very manageable glow. 

Still scared about using habaneros? Try using two or three serrano chiles (or two small jalapeños) instead.

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9
Servings
360
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
3 cups

Ingredients

  • 6 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 -2 habanero chiles, stemmed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups macadamia nuts*

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

In a dry skillet, roast the unpeeled garlic and chiles over medium heat, turning them regularly until soft and blotchy-blackened in spots, about 10 minutes for the habanero and 10-15 minutes for the garlic. When the garlic has cooled, peel off the papery skin. 

In a mortar or small food processor, combine the garlic and habanero. Pound or process until as smooth as possible. Add the oil, honey, and salt and pound or process to incorporate thoroughly.

In a large bowl, combine the macadamia nuts and flavoring, stirring to thoroughly coat the nuts.  Spread the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until the nuts smell toasty and the flavorings have formed a shiny, dryish coating, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. The nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Garlic Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Garlic Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
37g
57%
Sugar
4g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
29%
Protein
4g
8%
Carbs
9g
3%
Vitamin A
4µg
N/A
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
9.3%
Vitamin C
12mg
20%
Vitamin E
0.7mg
3.6%
Vitamin K
3µg
4%
Calcium
43mg
4%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
7µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
7µg
2%
Iron
2mg
10%
Magnesium
60mg
15%
Monounsaturated
28g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
6%
Phosphorus
90mg
13%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
198mg
6%
Sodium
138mg
6%
Sugars, added
2g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.5mg
36.2%
Zinc
0.6mg
4.2%

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