Spicy Bacon Nuts

It's starting to smell a lot like Christmas with all these aromatic spices wafting around the kitchen. The combination of salty, smoky, spicy and creamy is a real winner.

Preparation time: 5 - 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 - 15 minutes

Serves: 800g


  1. Grill the bacon in a greased oven tray until crispy
  2. Remove from the fat and cut the rashers into small lardons. Reserve the fat for the next step
  3. Toast the nuts in a large, heavy-based dry pan until they go golden
  4. Add the bacon fat and butter and cook until the nuts begin to darken
  5. Add the spices and fry them in the butter until they become fragrant
  6. Now add a few drops of water and the bacon and toss everything together
  7. Tip the nuts back onto an oven tray lined with paper towel and pop them back in oven for another 5 minutes at 160°C to dry out properly
  8. Cool and store in an airtight container
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  • 250g streaky bacon rashers
  • 4 cups assorted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecan, brazil, macadamia and cashew nuts)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 big pinch freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp salt

Nutritional Info per 100g:

  • Carbs: 8 g
  • Protein: 18 g
  • Fat: 59 g