Day 22- 25 Days of Christmas Blogging
Today was a day of prep work for Christmas eve. I needed to get some snacks ready. Holiday munchies should be special. I try to put as much effort as possible into my food for the holidays I try not to cut too many corners.
Smoked nuts are an easy item to fix up for giving as gifts or for having at your home.
Today I did 4 lbs of smoked Almonds on the Traeger. I let them smoke at 180F for the first couple of hours then up to 325F for the last 30 minutes.
Here is the recipe:
4 lbs Almonds raw
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons celery salt
I just melted the butter and added the brown sugar and celery salt. I used a whisk to make sure it was well incorporated.
After that it is just a matter of mixing and getting them into a pan on the BBQ of your choice. Today I am using my workhorse – My black beauty as I call her a Traeger lil Tex
*you might notice the garlic. Thats for a terrific party favorite at our house brie topped with smoked garlic then back in the BBQ till the brie is soft and gooey. Perfect for dipping in toast points. The garlic takes on a wonderful smoky sweetness that matches so well with brie.
Now the next item was inspired by a friend of mine. She makes a great party mix however I wanted to put my own BBQ spin on it. Here are some of the items I used today for the recipe for Sweet n Spicy Party Mix:
1 box shreddies ( I used the jumbo size boxes)
1 box cheerios
2 boxes cheese sticks
2 bag pretzel sticks
1 can firecracker jalapeno peanuts
1 lb pecans
1 lb almonds
1.5 cups melted butter
1.5 cups peanut oil
3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons each
obie cues sweet n heat
obie cues double strength garlic
santa maria seasoning
homemade hickory smoked salt
Mix all of the toppings together in a bowl or in a non stick pot.
Once again this is really simple all you have to do is mix it. I use the top and bottom of my largest roaster pan to do this.
It can then go into a BBQ or oven at 200F for a couple of hours stirring every 20 minutes or so to make sure the topping mixture is absorbed fully into the cereals, nuts and pretzels.
Taste test it after it comes out. you can adjust the seasoning a bit for your own liking if you would prefer it a bit saltier or spicier. This recipe does come with a warning this stuff is HIGHLY addictive. You will need to hide it like I have in some air tight containers. It will keep for a couple of weeks (good luck keeping it around that long).
The last item I want to share today on the blog is a recipe I am sharing because I can’t believe people still buy cranberry sauce in a can.
Cranberry sauce is one of the easiest dishes to make. When I set my holiday table I usually sprinkle some toasted almond slivers on top.
3 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
4 oranges zested and juiced
1/4 cup water
Throw it all into a pot over medium and when the cranberries start to pop I use a potato masher to crush some of them to release the pectin that will gel it up a bit. Seriously how much easier can a recipe get?
Thats it for todays prep. Hope you are all having a great time prepping for your Christmas holidays.