Garlicky Party Nuts

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Editor's Note: After you try this recipe for Garlicky Party Nuts, it is likely you'll make this appetizer again and again. Savory and full of flavor, this recipe is almost fool-proof and features walnuts and almonds in a delicious seasoning. The pumpkin seeds add a pleasant and added crunch to this easy appetizer recipe, too. This recipe will be the perfect addition to your next game watch party, tailgating event, or board game night with friends. Just don't expect any leftovers! If you'd like to add even more garlic to your snack table, then take a look at the author's recipe for Bruschetta with Roasted Garlic Tapenade.

Cooking MethodBaking



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBirthday, Buffet, Buffet Meal, Card Night, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Family Get Together, Sports Party, Tailgate Party

Recipe CourseHors D'oeuvre, Snack


Taste and TextureCrunchy, Garlicky, Nutty, Spiced


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup almonds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 10-12 cloves garlic, pressed


  1. Combine the walnuts and almonds in a large bowl. Cover with water and let soak for 10 minutes. (This step will help the spices adhere to the nuts.)

  2. Place the pumpkin seeds in a separate bowl. Cover with water and let soak for 10 minutes.

  3. Drain the nuts, dry the bowl, and return the nuts to the bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the nuts from the bowl and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 5 minutes.

  5. Drain the pumpkin seeds and place in the bowl with the remaining spice mixture. Stir to coat, then add to the roasting nuts. Bake 5 minutes, or until the nuts and seeds are dry and lightly toasted.


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