Appetizer Day 2- Roasted Onion, Garlic, Peppered Almonds


Just in case my first appetizer was too overwhelming or you are looking for something more simple and snack worthy- let’s move on with what I like to think of the most satisfying nut mix EVER! Your guests will go crazy for these Roasted Onion, Garlic and Peppered Almonds. Everyone knows almonds are the good “fat” that you should and can eat without feeling too guilty, so let’s make room for those sweet treats by treating our hunger with a delicious blend of seasoned nuts.

Not only are they a great appetizer for a party but a simple and easy gift you could give someone this holiday season. According to a gift tutorial I found, you can pack the almonds into an empty nut can, decorate the outside with scrapbooking paper and adorn the top lid with more paper and a beautiful vintage label- then call yourself Martha Stewart:)

Appetizer Day 3- Roasted Onion, Garlic, Peppered Almonds
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  • 3 TBSP oil
  • 1 TBSP parsley
  • 1 TBSP onion salt
  • 1½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp black poppy seeds
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 cups of unsalted almonds
  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and carefully add all ingredients except the almonds. Cook stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes add the almonds and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels until cooled completely. Spoon nut mixture into a plastic bag until ready to serve. Makes approx 3 cups.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8-12 (as an appetizer)



  1. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    I like the idea of savory instead of sweet nuts. It’s wonderful to have something a little different and this sounds really good. Enjoy your weekend!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  2. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Oh I love spiced nuts and these look wonderful!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  3. Bonnie

    In the words of dear Ina (and you), how easy is that. I actually have all the ingredients except onion salt–easily remedied. I’m looking forward to having these delicious treats on hand!!


    16 . Dec . 2011
  4. Joanne

    So many times we see sweet nut mixes as appetizers…but what about the savory?!?!? I am LOVING the sound of this!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  5. lena

    jess, i think you should double or triple your recipe here..nobody can stop snacking on these nuts once they start eating..i think there would be nothing left for friends giveaway. ooh, seeing this, i’m craving for them now !!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  6. Laural @ Being Healthier

    ah I’ve missed so much! peppered almonds!? I snagged smoked almonds – thinking they would be delish – not the case! Peppered I could do!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  7. Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian

    What a great snack! Love it!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  8. lisa {smart food and fit}

    I love sweet, savory and spicy nuts. Not sure if that sounds funny but these look great. I usually make some as gifts for the adults as house warming gifts during the holidays. They make a great snack all year round too!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  9. blackbookkitchendiaries

    oh yum! this looks so good. i cant wait to try it out. thank you for sharing this.

    16 . Dec . 2011
  10. Three-Cookies

    I have eaten sort of something similar but made with other nuts – absolutely delicious.

    16 . Dec . 2011
  11. Erica

    I like how you can see the seasoning on the outside- yum! Definitely a perfect holiday gift

    16 . Dec . 2011
  12. Eva

    You’re absolutely right Jessica, this is so easy and the flavour profile sounds perfect for my family. Not that we need another thing to eat on Christmas Eve, I may still make these! Thanks!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  13. Anna and Liz Recipes

    Great for parties… love the gift idea too!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  14. Vianney Rodriguez

    love this savory bite!! great with cocktails…lol

    16 . Dec . 2011
  15. val

    Spiced nuts would go perfect with a nice cold beer. Happy Friday!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  16. Erin@ Cooking on Whim

    Yum! Love onions, garlic, and almonds…. however my husband may hate you for this recipe 😉 🙂

    16 . Dec . 2011
  17. Baking Serendipity

    This looks delicious! I am all about flavored almonds, but have been leaning toward the sweet lately…this is definitely worth switching up the routine for!

    16 . Dec . 2011
  18. yummychunklet

    The idea of peppered almonds is intriguing and it looks so pretty. I’ll be trying them soon!

    17 . Dec . 2011
  19. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    🙂 Mandy

    17 . Dec . 2011
  20. Kristy

    Yum! Yum! Yum! You know I have half a container of almonds leftover…That should be just enough to make these. I think they’d be a nice addition to our others. 🙂

    17 . Dec . 2011
  21. daphne

    Also a perfect gift for this season as well!!! Thoughtful 😉

    17 . Dec . 2011
  22. Natalie

    Those look amazing. I always make Rosemary nuts but this looks like a great new combo to try! I am so behind on reading your blog, going back to stalk your old recipes:)

    17 . Dec . 2011
  23. Liz

    I adore spiced nuts…and they make wonderful hostess gifts! Keep ’em coming…I love your ideas so far!!! Both yummy!

    17 . Dec . 2011
  24. Veronica's Kitchen

    I wonder how does the almond tastes with the poppy seeds, very interesting texture! Should go very well with the beer on Christmas! I like your mushroom & onion tarts, a great starter before the heavy main meal.

    17 . Dec . 2011
  25. kelli

    Girl this would be perfect for a holiday party or just an every day snack! Love it!
    I saw on Twitter where you had that precious sweet boy! He is adorable and I know yal are just over the moon. How is G doing with his new baby brother? Congrats Mommy on another miracle God is given you and your family! glad everything went well!

    17 . Dec . 2011
  26. Couscous & Consciousness

    I love things like this that are a quick and easy fix, do-ahead too, for holiday entertaining. Actually for entertaining any time of year really. Great for a wee gift too.

    Thanks for stopping by – hope you get the Heidi Swanson book you’re hoping for in your Xmas stocking.

    Sue xo

    17 . Dec . 2011
  27. Shea

    Yum, what a great snack and gift idea!! I love almonds, and these sound delicious…and addictive!!

    17 . Dec . 2011
  28. Michele

    Those sound wonderful! I love nuts around the holidays. Thank you for sharing.

    18 . Dec . 2011
  29. sportsglutton

    Good for the heart and a tasty treat too. Sounds great.

    18 . Dec . 2011
  30. Alli

    Is it still the good fat when you eat all 3 cups? These would kill me. Love.

    18 . Dec . 2011
  31. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I love almonds and this sounds much better than plain. It’s a great snacks for late night bloggers! 😉

    18 . Dec . 2011
  32. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    As much as I would enjoy the previous appetizer, I would go ga-ga for these almonds! I love all these flavors together!

    18 . Dec . 2011
  33. Teresa Blackburn

    I love nuts as apps very much and especially with your “dress ups”. I think I will make these to take as a gift to a friend later this week. Thanks.

    18 . Dec . 2011
  34. the good soup

    There’s nothing more more-ish than spiced almonds. I’ve never used this combination, but it’s got me thinking and digging around for some poppy seeds! x

    18 . Dec . 2011
  35. Marina {}

    this is the perfect thing to serve at a party and would make a perfect gift too!

    18 . Dec . 2011
  36. Pure Complex

    I am such an almond lover, so naturally I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Roasted Onion, Garlic, Peppered Almonds recipe. I can’t wait to try this out

    19 . Dec . 2011
  37. Allison @Alli n Son

    I adore almonds, they are one of the fee nuts that I actually like. Great flavor combination!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  38. kitchen flavours

    I love almonds and these looks yum! I could finish the whole jar! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  39. mary

    These spiced nuts look and sound divine – perfect nibbles for the Holidays
    Mary x

    19 . Dec . 2011
  40. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh I will be making these tomorrow!! We love almonds and these sound so tasty!!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  41. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Roasted nuts are a staple around our house and I’m always looking for new inspiration on how to change up the flavors thanks!

    19 . Dec . 2011
  42. Alexis @ There She Goes

    awesome idea- i like how the nuts are savory rather then sweet- perfect holiday gift!

    20 . Dec . 2011
  43. Linda

    Almonds are so good for you…and when you make them like this…I won’t be able to stop eating them!! I like to include at least one homemade nut appetizer for parties. Everyone loves to nibble on nuts! Fabulous recipe!!

    20 . Dec . 2011
  44. Reem | Simply Reem

    Jessica Dear,
    I just made these almonds… Heaven sweety….
    This recipe is real good, I added some pepper flakes to this but took out some exactly the way you did fro kids and not the heat lover group.
    Really delicious…..

    Wishing you and your loved one Merry Christmas and Beautiful Holidays…

    24 . Dec . 2011

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