Oh man, these beer flavoured roasted nuts are GOOD. It’s no surprise I love them; I’m a sucker for a good ale. I especially love a nice smooth bitter or a good pale ale – although a decent lager is pretty good every once in a while too! Over the past 18 months, I’ve taken tours around both the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam and the Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen (check out some pictures, here) – I’ve also got my eyes on the Guinness brewery in Dublin as a possible trip this summer. I don’t know if it’s my scientific background, or my love of cooking, but I’m really interested in the process of brewing beer. Tasting it is pretty damn fun too 😉
Now, everyone knows that the best bar snack to accompany a beer is a bowl of nuts – so I thought I’d have a go at blending the two and making a batch of homemade beer roasted nuts. And yes, they do taste as good as they sound!
Homemade beer flavoured roasted nuts recipe
Serves 6 as a snack
- 300g of unsalted, assorted nuts (peanuts, brazil nuts and cashews work best)
- 2 tbsp butter, plus more for greasing
- 1/2 cup of molasses
- 1/4 cup of beer
Melt the butter in a large pan on a low heat. Add the molasses and stir for a few minutes, until the sugar just starts to melt. Add the beer and stir gently whilst bringing to a gentle boil. Simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes, or until the mixture thickens to a syrup consistency. Remove from the heat, add the nuts and stir to coat them completely in the beer syrup. Transfer to a greased baking tray and roast at 50 C (120 F) for 10 minutes, or until the syrup stops bubbling and thickens. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely, then break apart the ale roasted nuts. Store in an airtight container and eat within 3-4 days (they’ll probably keep longer than this, but why would you want to wait?!).
You can use whatever ale you fancy to make these beer roasted nuts, although I think it’s best with a dark, deeply flavoured ale. These would also make a great gift for any beer lovers; try packaging some up in a little parchment paper and placing inside a pint glass, along with a bottle of their favourite beer! You’d be hard-pressed to find any beer drinkers who aren’t completely won over by these ale roasted nuts. 🙂 – Mike