Liquid Smoke is a condiment that comes in handy when you long for a taste of the grill. Derived from the sawdust of woods such as hickory and mesquite, Liquid Smoke gives food color and natural flavor. Make your own smoked almonds with Liquid Smoke for your family's snacking pleasure or present them in a decorative container as a housewarming gift.
Place 1 1/2 cups raw almonds into an airtight container. Mix 1 tsp. Liquid Smoke and 2 tsp. water in a small bowl or cup. To give the nuts a spicier kick, add cayenne pepper or hot sauce. Pour over the almonds.
Stir the almonds, making sure the nuts are evenly coated. Alternately, you can seal the container with the lid and shake. Let stand covered overnight.
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the almonds in a glass baking dish and distribute them evenly.
Bake smoked almonds until just warm. Add the butter or olive oil, using a spatula to distribute it evenly.
Bake for between 40 and 45 minutes. Use the spatula to turn the smoked almonds frequently so they roast evenly.
Remove from heat. Add salt or salt substitute to taste. Let cool and store in a clean, airtight container until snack time rolls around.
Liquid Smoke contains very little sodium -- only 10 mg per tsp -- but a 1/2 tsp. table salt adds around 1,500 mg more. Use salt sparingly.
Olive oil is a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and may be a better choice than butter, which contains saturated fat.
Almonds are a good source of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat -- healthy fats that can actually regulate your blood cholesterol. However, like butter and olive oil, they're also loaded with calories. An ounce of oil-roasted almonds, around 22 nuts, has 170 calories, 130 of which come from fat.