If you didn't read my post, Pine Cone Cheese Ball, you should have and probably should hate yourself for not doing so.
Well, in the process of making that wonderful dish, I had a lot of leftover almonds I had prepared because I simply made way too many - good thing.
I suddenly had this new treat in my refrigerator, which became my healthy go-to snack.
Here's the recipe my pet chimpanzee made in just under twelve minutes with one opposing thumb tied behind his back:
Roasted Almonds (One pound fits nicely on a 12" round pizza pan and easily on most cookie sheets.) - Most store-bought roasted almonds are salted.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Herb seasoned, if you prefer.)
Smoked Paprika (Best kept in the fridge.) Regular paprika if you don't have smoked.
Freshly Ground Black Pepper (Optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl large enough so you can toss the ingredients without using your hands to make contact with the ingredients:
- Pour in Almonds.
- Drizzle in Olive Oil to lightly coat. Toss and drizzle again if necessary.
- Sprinkle in Paprika. Toss and sprinkle again if necessary. About one-half to one teaspoon per pound of almonds.
- Optional: Grind in (10 turns of grinder for each pound of almonds) Black Pepper
- Toss all ingredients.
- Evenly place on pizza pan or cookie sheet.
- Place in oven, after pre-heated, for 10 minutes.
- Remove and allow to cool.
- Enjoy and/or place in fridge after cooling. (Olive oil and ingredients will adhere to almonds better after chilling and not be messy.)
Red Pear Slices
Mozzarella Slices or Strings
Red or White Grapes
Salami or Pepperoni Slices
Light Beer, if you don't truly enjoy beer
As much as I love bacon on almost anything, you could finely chop, grind (coffee bean grinder, perhaps) or mince the almonds and put them on or in most any dish - salads, baked potato, ice cream, scrambled eggs, etc. A little break from pork belly fat.