Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts

The Perfect Snacks to Munch While Watching Sports on TV

GMA Recipes Appetizer
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Come winter, there are certain snacks that are perfect for settling down on the couch and watching a game of football or ice hockey. They' re warm. They' re filling. Here are some ideas for when you are ready to cocoon:

These nuts won The New York Press award for "best bar nuts in New York." Every afternoon at about 4:45, a piping hot batch emerges from the ovens and is sent out to the bar, where the sweet rosemary fragrance wafts throughout the restaurant. Though they don't have a television set at the bar, the chefs there believe these nuts would probably be a hit in your living room accompanied by a football game and some ice-cold beer. The recipe makes 5 cups.


  • 1/4 pound each nuts (peeled peanuts, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, and whole unpeeled almonds - OR 1/4 pound unsalted, assorted nuts)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Toast in the oven until they become light golden brown, about 10 minutes.

    In the large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, salt, and melted butter.

    Thoroughly toss the warm toasted nut with the spiced butter and serve warm.

    Courtesy: The Union Square Café Cookbook, by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano, 1994.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: nuts, cayenne, brown sugar

    Course: Appetizer/Starter, Party Platter, Snack

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