Alton Brown is at the top of my heroes list. He’s the creator of the Food Network show Good Eats, the host of Iron Chef America and has written multiple amazing cook books. I completely relate to his curiosity about not just how to make delicious food, but how making good food works, where it comes from and what the story behind it is.
What I didn’t know about Alton Brown until recently was that he’s lost 50 pounds in the past 3 years, and he looks great! Some time after the holidays I watched his episode called “Live and let Diet.” I found it here on Foodnetwork.com (just click on Good Eats on the left sidebar).
He explained in this episode how awesome almonds are – they contain more nutrients than any other nut and they are SO filling. I have never ever enjoyed almonds unless ground into flour for a macaron or turned into a paste to fill a croissant, but his recipe sounded good, so I thought I’d give it a try. This is a satisfyingly salty, crunchy treat to keep in your purse, at work or in your car – a handful goes a long way.
Alton Brown’s Ginger Almonds
1 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp kosher salt
3 tsp oil (olive oil, sesame oil, etc…)
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (alton uses chile de arbol)
1 lb. raw almonds
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Start by putting the ginger and salt in a large bowl, set that aside and preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
Now begin to hear the oil and red pepper flakes in a large skillet until fragrant (about 45 seconds). Add the almonds and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the soy sauce and Worcestershire and cook until reduced and the pan looks dry. Then move the almonds to the bowl of ginger and salt and toss them around to coat. Spread them out evenly on a baking sheet.
Bake the almonds for about 20 minutes, then take them out to cool completely before snacking. Take it from me, if you eat them while hot they are kind of chewy and stick in your teeth. No fun. After about 30 minutes of cooling they should be perfect for munching.
Yummmm…. everyone loves a healthy snack, even sleepy kitties.