Thai Sweet N’ Spicy Cashews and Coconut

I’ve made these twice and both times I mean to take pictures and then forget.  So I promise to get a visual in here sooner than later, but for right now I thought I’d start with the recipe!   Which is an easy to make classic Thai combo of sweet, salty and spicy.  I use mild local honey to sweeten them.

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a wok or frying pan add 1 tablespoon of organic Peanut oil (or any other flavorless oil like Canola) and 4 Tablespoons of mild Honey bring to a boil over medium/high heat, boil for a minute then add 2 cups of cashews (or organic peanuts) reduce heat to medium/low and cook slowly, stirring often, when the Cashews start to brown add 1 1/3 cups of unsweetened dessicated coconut.  Continue to cook and stir until the coconut has browned.

Remove from heat and stir in salt and freshly ground black pepper (I like them salty so I use about 1 1/2 teaspoon salt and about 1/4 teaspoon of pepper,  if you are worried about it being too salty start out with less salt, say 1/2 teaspoon, and add more until you have them like you want them).

Seed, stem and finely chop 1 or 2 red Thai chili peppers add to the nut mixture and stir until well incorporated. Add more honey if the mixture seems dry or you taste it and want to sweeter.

Spread the nut mixture in one layer over the parchment paper and let sit at room temperature for about an hour.

Best served on a plate not in a bowl.  Warning!  Highly addictive!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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