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Marc Forgione’s Red Wine Braised Short Ribs Recipe

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Marc Forgione’s Red Wine Braised Short Ribs, Roast Garlic Potato Puree and Glazed Carrots
Serves 4

For the Ribs:
6 pounds boneless short ribs, trimmed
Kosher salt
12 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
3 bacon slices
2 cel…

Make Your Own Holiday Spiced Nuts

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This holiday season, instead of buying spiced or candied nuts, try making your own at home. Store-bought nuts can be loaded with sodium and sugar and often are expensive. Instead, you can buy an assortment of unsalted nuts in bulk and make your own favorite version to serve to your guests. They also make great holiday gifts!

Although nuts are high in fat (approximately 60% fat by weight), they are comprised mainly of unsaturated fats. The mono and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts are actually considered to be “good fats” and have been shown to lower your LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels. In addition, nuts are also a great source of protein and fiber and contain several other nutrients that have beneficial effects on heart health including Vitamin E, plant sterols, selenium, and L-arginine.

Despite their many health benefits, nuts are still high in calories and should be eaten in moderation. Try to limit your intake to 1 to 2 ounces a day of unsalted nuts, which is about one or two handfuls. My Smoky Sweet Spiced Nuts are dipped in healthy egg whites and then coated in a mixture of spices with an irresistible combination of smoky, sweet and spicy flavors. My Maple & Herb Glazed Nuts are tossed with sweet maple syrup and fresh rosemary and thyme. Happy Holidays!

Smoky Sweet Spiced Nuts
Makes 2 ½ cups or 10 servings

¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ – ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it)
2 egg whites
2 ½ cups assorted nuts such as walnuts, almonds and pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the brown sugar, smoked paprika, salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper together in a medium bowl.

Whip the egg whites in another bowl with a whisk until light and frothy. Drop the nuts into the bowl and toss to combine. Remove the nuts, shaking off any excess egg white, and drop them into the bowl with the spice mix. Toss to coat all of the nuts with the spices.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line the sheet with a non-stick baking mat. Spread the nuts on the sheet in a single layer and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Remove the nuts and let them cool on a wire rack. As they cool, they will crisp up. Serve right away or store in an airtight container for one week.


Maple & Herb Glazed Nuts
Makes 2 ½ cups or 10 servings

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons grapeseed or other neutral flavored oil
1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 ½ cups assorted nuts such as walnuts, almonds and pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Mix the maple syrup, oil, sugar, rosemary, thyme, salt, and cayenne together in a bowl. Add the nuts and toss all of the ingredients together.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line the sheet with a non-stick baking mat. Spread the nuts on the sheet in a single layer and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Remove the nuts from the oven and cool them on a wire rack. As they cool, they will crisp up. Serve right away or store in an airtight container for one week.

 

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