Melanie's Chinese Fried Nuts
 
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My mother-in-law (Melanie) found this recipe in a Good Housekeeping magazine MANY years ago as a newly-wed and tweaked it over the years. It is a Christmas tradition and everyone who tastes these LOVES them. They are the perfect mix of sweet, salty and crunchy. Look out they are addicting!
Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 cups nuts (that have not already been roasted…walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts…maybe pine nuts ?)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • salad oil (I use olive oil)
  • salt
Instructions
  1. ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS BEFORE SERVING OR UP TO 2 WEEKS AHEAD:
  2. In 4-quart saucepan over high heat, heat water to boiling; add nuts and heat to boiling; cook 1 minute. Rinse nuts under running hot water; drain.
  3. In large bowl with rubber spatula, gently stir warm nuts with sugar until sugar is dissolved. (If necessary, let mixture stand 5 minutes to dissolve sugar.)
  4. Meanwhile, in fry pan over medium heat, heat about 1 inch salad oil to 350 F. on deep-fat thermometer (or heat oil according to manufacturer’s direction in deep-fat fryer set at 350 F.) With slotted spoon, add about half of nuts to oil; fry 5 minutes or until golden, stirring often.
  5. With slotted spoon, place walnuts in coarse sieve over bowl to drain; sprinkle very lightly with salt( or another fun seasoning you might like to try); toss lightly to keep nuts from sticking together. Transfer to paper towels to cool. ( I find that nuts sometimes stick to paper towels, I use butcher paper to allow oil to drain off while cooling). Fry remaining nuts. Store in tightly covered container.
Recipe by The Adventure Bite at https://theadventurebite.com/recipe-for-banana-bread/