I came across this little creation by accident one afternoon when I had a serious craving for salt and vinegar chips. Stuck at home with the boys in bed, I decided to experiment with what I had in the cupboard. So I combined a handful of cashews with apple cider vinegar (I’m in love with this condiment at the moment) and a sprinkle of salt and popped them into the oven for 20 minutes. What I ended up with was beyond craving satisfying….it was even better than what I had craved for in the first place. Score!
These nuts provide a crunchy explosion of tangy saltiness which goes perfectly with a cold beer or wine on a hot summer’s afternoon for the adults, or can be enjoyed by the handful by the kids as a perfect mid afternoon snack. Other inspired ideas for use include topping salads for some added texture and saltiness, add to an antipasto plate as an alternative to traditional mixed roasted nuts or top off a beautiful satay dish with an extra taste kick by sprinkling a few of these babies on top.
This little treat is now a staple in our pantry for a quick ‘go to’ snack for the whole family and has been a favourite with friends during recent BBQs, so I feel obliged to share the recipe so others can share in the experience. Be warned – make these in small batches as they are seriously addictive!!!
- 125grams of raw cashews
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp salt (I prefer Himalayan, but you could use Celtic sea salt or table salt if that’s what you have)
- Soak cashews for 15 minutes in the apple cider vinegar to allow them to soften and break down the outer layer of the nut and absorb the delicious tangy apple cider vinegar.
- Drain the vinegar from the nuts and let them dry slightly before adding the salt (5-10 minutes).
- Place the drained and air dried nuts onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and sprinkle with salt. Rustle the nuts around on the paper to make sure they have a good coating.
- Put in the oven to roast at 180 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned to your liking. It is important to turn or shake the cashews half way through cooking to make sure they crisp up on both sides.
- Your house will smell delicious whilst they are roasting.