This recipe comes from the wonderful book "The Spicy Food Lover's Bible" by Dave DeWitt and Nancy Gerlach. We were very fortunate to have Dave and his wife Mary pay a visit to both the Milwaukee and Old Town stores. When we have authors come to do book signings, we always try to rise above the chain book store signings by preparing five dishes out of the current book for our customers to taste. These nuts were just a snack dish, but they were so tasty we could barely keep the staff from gobbling them up before the party! Really easy to make, and you can make them with other spices if you choose. Our Back of the Yards Garlic-Pepper is wonderful to use.
Heat the oven to 350% F.
Line an 8-by-8 baking pan with aluminum foil, and lightly butter.
Combine the pepper and garlic salt in a bowl and stir to mix.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat, add the butter, and when melted, add teh sugar and stir in 2 teaspoons water. SImmer the mixture until the sugar melts. Add the nuts and continue to cook until the sugar bubbles, becomes thick and syrupy, and coats the nuts, about 5 minutes.
Sprinkle the pepper mixture over the top of the nuts and quickly toss to coat. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
Put the pan in the oven and roast until the nuts are golden brown, about 10 minutes.
Remove the foil with the nuts and place on a wire rack to cool.
When the nuts are cool, break them apart and serve.
Store the nuts in an airtight container.
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