Hazelnuts in Spiced Sweet Chili Sauce from My Kitchen Wand

Hazelnuts in Sweet Chili Sauce

Before classes begin again next month a little summer excursion into the pantry was in order the other day. I came across a small container of hazelnuts, shelled one evening last winter and then forgotten. Roasting seemed like a good idea and then I remembered the sweet chili sauce sitting in the fridge almost finished! One more bottle to empty and recycle! Yes!

I used hazelnuts but there is no reason that peanuts or almonds can not be substituted. Hazelnuts are also known as filberts. The name is thought to have come through the Catholic church, as the start of the Norman hazelnut harvest (August. 20th) coincides with St. Philibert’s saint day.

These nuts are high in unsaturated fats (mostly oleic acid), with good doses of magnesium, calcium and vitamins B and E. They support muscle, skin, bone, joint and digestive health as well as being good for your heart.

Magically they are connected to wisdom, protection, luck, fulfilled wishes and fertility. For more information and an idea for a Samhain project check here.

Hazelnuts in Spiced Sweet Chili Sauce from My Kitchen Wand

You will need:

1 cup raw hazelnuts

2 Tbsp. Sweet chili sauce

1/4 tsp. lemon zest ( lime would work just as well )

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/8 tsp. ginger powder

pinch of salt

With gratitude for unexpected bounty and a sense of adventure for a new project, relax and let go of any stresses and pressures keeping you from enjoying the moment. For the next 15 -20 minutes be present and in the moment. Invite the compassionate spirits and begin.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  This makes a small enough amount that a toaster oven can be used, making preheating even more important. Lay a piece of parchment paper over a pan and put aside.

Hazelnuts in Spiced Sweet Chili Sauce from My Kitchen WandStir the sweet chili sauce, lemon zest, salt, garlic and ginger powders together. Toss the nuts in the sauce mix and when well covered, lay out evenly on the parchment paper, one layer thick.

Bake 10 – 12 minutes before checking on the nuts. Allow one nut to cool to ensure the coating will harden at room temperature. Bake a few extra minutes if needed.

Store in an airtight container and enjoy with a cheese tray, as a snack with beverage or chopped up as a topping on a savory muffin.Hazelnuts in Spiced Sweet Chili Sauce from My Kitchen WandHazelnuts in Spiced Sweet Chili Sauce from My Kitchen Wand

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