I had so much fun on “Talk of the Town” yesterday in Nashville. I thank my Nashville friends, Lisa and Rob, News Channel 5 and all of the Nashville subscribers and facebook fans for tuning in to watch me. One of the recipes I shared was this Spiced Nuts mix which I posted before Thanksgiving. It was very popular and is perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a lower-fat nut recipe and is ideal for a Super Bowl Party, holidays, or you can enjoy them as a snack or also tossed in a salad. Feel free to use any type of nuts that you want. These are worth every bite, and there’s no oil or butter in the recipe.
Spiced Almonds and Pecans
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Yield: 41/2 cups
2 (6-ounce) packages pecan halves
1 (6 ounce) can whole natural almonds
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
11/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 325°.
2. Combine pecans, almonds and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in egg whites. Spread mixture evenly onto a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes. Stir mixture; bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until crisp. Transfer foil to a wire rack; cool almond mixture. Break almond mixture into small pieces.
Note: Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week.
Okay, I am having a slightly busy week…all because of these Tomato-Basil Sliders. I am in Nashville to be on WTVF News Channel 5 “Talk of the Town” on Friday, and I will be in Birmingham on WBRC Fox 6 TV on Saturday morning preparing this recipe and a few others for Super Bowl Sunday that I will post in the coming days.
Sliders are very popular this year, and this recipe is very special. Using marinara, fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes create such a flavorful burger that you won’t even need any toppings. And, they’re low-fat, and you can substitute ground turkey or pork if you wish. Adults and kids love them, and I hope you will too! Wish me luck, Alison
Sun-Dried Tomato Sliders
These proportions also work perfectly as a meatloaf in a 71/2- x 4-inch pan.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
1 pound lean ground beef
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (or regular is fine)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
2 egg whites
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
8 (1-ounce) Parker House rolls
Ketchup, lettuce leaves
1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Divide dough into 8 equal portions, shaping into a 1/4-inch patty. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Place patties in a grill pan and grill 3 to 5 minutes each side or until done. Serve on cut sides of rolls and top with marinara, ketchup and lettuce, if desired.