Friday, November 4, 2011

How to roast nuts

Roasting...that one word brings to mind wonderful memories of sitting under the Eifel Tower eating Roasted Chestnuts with my husband, watching people gaze at the magnificent structure in front of us, and just being in perfect bliss and contentment. It also reminds me of the Autumn season and that I can turn my oven on after a long summer hiatus. Whoohoo! 

Roasting nuts is such a simple process, and it really brings out the flavor and changes the texture when adding them to your favorite recipes. Oven roasting is my favorite, but if you want to try other ways, here's a great webpage to check out. 

My favorite nuts are roasted almonds because of their amazing health benefits. They are high in Vitamin E which helps protects the skin from melanoma, reduces risk of heart disease because they are high in monounsaturated fats (same one found in olive oil), and they are known to lower cholesterol.  That's quite a list, don't you think? :) 

We like to chop them into salads, sprinkle them over soups, they are one of the main ingredients in the delicious Black and Tan Clusters that I have made countless of times, and they make a scrumptious trail mix (my favorite is roasted almonds-cranberries-pistachios and dark chocolate chips).

Roasting Nuts
Serves: depends Prep: 0 minutes  Cooking Time: 15-25 minutes

Raw nuts (like peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc)
sea salt (optional...I like mine dry-roasted but you can add salt if you want)

1. Preheat oven to 325*F. Add nuts to baking sheet. You will want to make sure they are laying flat, not too crowded. Optional: sprinkle with sea salt.
2. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes, checking them in 10 minute intervals. When done, take them out and let cool for approximately 15 minutes. Yum!

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