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'Tis the Season

One of the best things about this time of year is sharing food with friends and family. This is recipe is an office favorite. Enjoy...

Spiced Nuts

2 large egg whites
? cup sugar
2 ½ tablespoons Old Bay seasoning
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon salt
6 cups mixed nuts (any combination of untoasted walnuts, pecans, cashews and pistachios)
¼ cup better, melted
? cup finely grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment. Grease lightly and set aside. Position a rack in center of oven. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy. Gradually add sugar , beating to a loose, meringue like texture. Beat in the Old Bay seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cayenne, and salt. Add the nuts and butter and stir well to coat evenly. Add the Parmesan and mix again.

Divide the nuts between the baking sheets, spreading evenly in a single layer. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes to a golden brown (do not allow nuts to darken too much), rotating the sheets during cooking for even roasting. Line a work with parchment. After removing the nuts from the oven and immediately slide them onto parchment. Cool completely. Store, refrigerated, in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks (if they last that long).