Whiskey Toffee Nuts


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What the Hell?

Booze! Bacon! Butter! Sugar! Nuts! HELL YES! Five of my favorite things boiled together in a sloppy slurry of adult quality snacking goodness. You want these nuts in your mouth. Now.

What the hell should I drink?

These are, after all, whiskey nuts. Whiskey is the obvious choice, but beer is also a fine companion. I’m a fan of Jameson and Bulleit Rye in the whiskey department.

What the hell should I listen to?

Whiskey in the Jar by Thin Lizzy. Strong and smooth.


Whiskey Toffee Nuts
 
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Recipe type: Snacky snack!
Cuisine: Boozetastic!
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. slab bacon, diced
  • 1¼ C. of raw sugar (Turbinado sugar)
  • 4 Tbls. unsalted butter
  • ¾ C. whiskey of your choice
  • 1 C raw peanuts (or any other raw nuts. Whole Foods is the only place I've been able to find raw peanuts without the skin.)
Instructions
  1. In a large cast iron skillet cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp.
  2. When cooked, drain on paper towels.
  3. Meanwhile in a medium-sized, heavy bottomed sauce pan bring the sugar, butter, and whiskey to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat and slow boil until the liquid is thick, very bubbly and reduced to half it's original volume. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add the raw peanuts (you can use any kind of raw nut) but if you use roasted nuts they may end up burning and turning black.
  6. Stir the nuts constantly, as the liquid reduces.
  7. Eventually all the moisture will evaporate and the sugar mixture will look like wet sand.
  8. Keep stirring and as the sugar begins to caramelize add the cooked bacon.
  9. Keep stirring until most of the sugar has caramelized and the nuts and bacon are nicely coated.
  10. Dump the mixture onto a large piece of parchment and break it up as it cools.
  11. Put into your mouth!