Sunday, October 4, 2015

Roasted Almonds with Truffle Oil & Rosemary

We're kind of freaky for truffle oil are our house.
The funniest thing is that we use it most on popcorn!  I've been intending to blog at that eventually.

However, the truffle oil was on the counter as I was prepping to head out to a friends with an appetizer for a party.  As I just needed something else to bring, I thought about roasting some nuts with the truffle oil!  These were a big hit at the party so I thought I would blog about it.

I buy in the oil section in most better grocery stores but you can order it off of Amazon which is probably easier than searching through the store.  It's about $12, and lasts a long time as a little goes a long, long way.  

Here's another recipe to use truffle oil in:
Polenta with Truffle Oil & Arugula.

I also use a couple drops in salads with a light vinaigrette.

Makes 2 cups

2 cups raw almonds
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp truffle oil
1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
Truffle Salt, sea salt or smoked salt

Preheat the oven to 375.
Mix well the almonds with oils and spread out on a sheet pan.
Add the rosemary and sprinkle with salt.

Roast for about 15 minutes, stirring every five minutes.  
Let cool, stir to redistribute and sprinkle with more salt.
I found they needed more salt than I expected.

Friday, October 2, 2015

All American Apple Pie Martini

What's more American than Apple Pie?
Easy as pie to make too with only 3 ingredients.
Tastes like Autumn: rainy days, colorful leaves and cozy fireplaces, hanging with your buddies.

I must admit, I do love Crown Royal, the regular, the Black, the Maple. 
So, of course, we bought the Apple Crown Royal.
However,I did NOT like the Apple Crown Royal and every time I looked in the liquor cabinet I felt a bit guilty for not liking it.

So, I am thrilled to use it in this awesome cocktail!
You could pre-make this for parties, tail-gating or whatever.  Serve it shaken and strained for a martini, over ice in a rocks glass or shots.
Have fun.

Makes 1 large martini

3 oz apple juice, unfiltered
2 oz Fireball,or other cinnamon whiskey
1 oz Apple Crown Royal, or other apple whiskey

Mix all ingredients.

Serve over ice, or shake in a martini shaker and strain into a martini glass.