A kiss of orange zest and cinnamon brings holiday happiness to this fast gluten free snack of roasted almonds and olives, perfect for serving with cocktails.
Holiday-Spiced Olives and Roasted Almonds with Thyme Gluten-Free Recipe
- 1 cup whole raw almonds
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 thyme sprigs divided
- 3 2- by 1/4-inch strips orange peel, twisted
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 20 Castelvetrano or Lucques olives
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the almonds in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet, then roast until the nuts start to turn dark brown, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small sauté pan, combine the oil, leaves from 1 thyme sprig, orange-peel strips, and cinnamon stick over medium-low heat. Warm for 5 minutes.
In a bowl, combine the almonds, oil mixture, and the salt. Toss to combine and scatter on a serving tray. Top with the olives. Garnish with the remaining thyme sprigs and serve with a spoon and cocktail napkins.
Photography Nader Khouri