Garlicky Habanero Macadamia Nuts Recipe

Garlicky Habanero Macadamia Nuts Recipe
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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
516
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
54g
77%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
11g
46%
Carbohydrate, by difference
10g
8%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
1µg
0%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
54mg
5%
Choline, total
30mg
7%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
10µg
3%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
81mg
25%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
138mg
20%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
7mg
0%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
2g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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.