Spiced Mixed Nuts for your Cheese Plate

This recipe comes to us from our friends at Gracie’s Restaurant in Providence.  In addition to being loyal Cato Corner customers and strong supporters of local farms, Matt and his team at Gracie’s offer warm hospitality and an innovative menu for a superb night out!  Their mixed nuts with a combination of spicy cayenne pepper & sweetness make a festive and delicious accompaniment to a cheese board.

Gracie’s Spiced Mixed Nuts

6 Tablespoons light corn syrup
3 Tablespoons sugar
1.5 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Pinch cayenne pepper
4 cups mixed nuts

Preheat oven to 325 F.  Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. 
Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl and stir to blend.  Add nuts, stir gently to coat.  Transfer to the baking sheet. 

Bake the mixture for 5 minutes.  Using a wooden spoon, stir nuts to coat with melted spice mixture.  Continue baking until nuts are golden and coating starts to bubble, about 10 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Working quickly, separate nuts with a wooden spoon while they cool.

These can be made up to 3 days ahead.Store in an airtight container at room temperature.