A simple, delicious, relatively nutritious and cheap little snack to have with drinks. What more could you ask for?
You can often pick up a bag of almonds for about $12/kilo. I simply soaked the almonds in some water for about 15 minutes while my oven warmed up to 150 C. Then I drained them, poured a little olive oil over them and sprinkled on some paprika powder. Ofcourse being the paprika nut that I am I had to use two types – hot Hungarian and bitter sweet smoked Spanish. But feel free to use whatever you have…ideally a smoky version. Add a little flaked salt. I tossed the almonds around to make sure they were all coated with the oil and water and then spread them out on an oven tray. I roasted them for about 15 minutes, testing after ten minutes to see how ‘roasted’ the flavour was. I did it on a low heat and for a longer time as I wanted the paprika to cook without the almonds getting too burnt or too roasted. The end result was a lightly roasted almond, crunchy and lovely smoked paprika flavour. I had something similar in a fancy Spanish tapas restaurant and cost of a tiny bowl of them cost me about the same as what it cost to make a whole kilo of the almonds. The restaurant version was a bit oilier – but I prefer it less oily like this. And it stores better this way too. A little too easy to eat too many…but at least they are healthier than some deep fried thingy that is also yummy to have with a cold beer…right?!