Debate Snack

Last night was the final presidential debate. My friend Al, who recently got a new apartment, hosted a “debate party” of sorts. I find it sad the presidential debates this election are so entertaining (in a reality tv kind of way) that we’ve had parties to watch each debate…but I don’t want to get too political on a cooking blog…  The next cookbook in line had the perfect snacky food, perfect for munching on during the debate. 

The recipe came from my Indian Cookbook:

The recipe tagged was for Chili-Roasted Cashews.

To start with I took cashews and placed them in my oven for 8 minutes.


When they came out of the oven I placed them in a bowl and mixed them with canola oil.


Then I mixed in salt and chili powder. Once combined I mixed in a bit of fresh black pepper and lime zest (which wasn’t part of the recipe but I thought would add a nice punch of flavor).


I let that cool


and brought to Al’s place.

A bit of background info...I helped Al shop for furniture and I INSISTED he buy this pillow.
A bit of background info…I helped Al shop for furniture and I INSISTED he buy this pillow.

As I suspected the cashews were a great debate snack. Everyone who attended the party took a few from time to time.  Best part is how easy they were to make.  These cashews really are something great to bring to a friend’s or have on your coffee table when entertaining.

Spiced Cashews
  1. 1 lb raw unsalted cashews
  2. 2 tsp canola oil
  3. 1 tsp fine sea salt
  4. 2 tsp chili powder
  5. Zest of one lime
  6. Ground pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Place cashews in a single layer on baking sheet. Once oven is preheated place cashews in the oven for 8 minutes.
  2. Remove cashews from oven and place in a large mixing bowl. Add canola oil and stir until all cashews are coated. Then mix in salt, chili powder and lime zest. Once completely mixed add a few grinds of pepper and stir again.
  3. Let cool completely before serving.
Adapted from Made in India
Adapted from Made in India
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