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If you're using the dry method and are looking for a way to mix it up a bit, try using a nut oil to enhance and add depth to your recipe - walnut and hazelnut oils are just two examples of what's available in the marketplace. They're also great for adding a unique touch to baked goods.

Want to jazz up a salad, baked good or candy - add some flavored, roasted nuts to the recipe!


Rosemary Roasted Walnuts


Champagne Glazed Pecans

 


 

They smell great, taste great  - and they're easy! Next time you're looking for a treat to give or serve, get creative with roasted nuts!

The best way to ensure success with roasting nuts is to use the oven. Pan-roasting works as well, but with the fat content in nuts, you're more likely to experience burning without constant attention.

With oven-roasting, you're free to work on other dishes while they're roasting and they're easier to achieve success.  There are two primary methods - the dry method using a fat (either an oil or melted butter) to adhere your chosen flavors to the nuts or the liquid method that uses champagne, egg whites or another liquid to create a sugary, caramelized glaze on your nuts. This latter method has a longer cooking time, but the results are phenomenal.  Both methods can be used for creating either sweet or savory snacks.

Dry/Fat Method:

For every cup of nuts, you'll need a tablespoon of fat (see above) and 2-3 teaspoons of seasoning. Toss the ingredients together and spread evenly on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Place in an oven pre-heated to 300 degrees and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring every 10.  Cool on cookie sheet and store in an airtight container until ready to gift wrap or serve.

Liquid Method:

For every cup of nuts, you'll need 1 tablespoon of liquid such as egg whites (1 large egg typically yields 2 tablespoons), champagne, sherry, sauce, orange juice concentrate, etc.; 2-3 teaspoons of seasoning, and if making a sweet glaze, 2-3 tbs of sugar. Toss the ingredients together and spread evenly on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Place in an oven pre-heated to 250 degrees and roast for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. When removed from oven, keep stirring to avoid sticking until cool. Store in an airtight container until ready to gift wrap or serve.

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