18 Dec2014

Are You Nuts?!?

by Marketman

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I have been foraging and cooking since Saturday for Christmas Dinners this Friday and Saturday and beyond. Folks who know me occasionally exclaim “ARE YOU NUTS?!” when I tell them what’s planned for the season (though I have to admit, I NEVER make everything I plan to make) but they happily munch on the results anyway. So today, let me give you three ideas that are really nutty… literally chockfull of nuts that is. By November our freezer is stocked up with all kinds of nuts, and here’s an easy and delicious recipe for some nuts to munch on before your lunch or dinner…

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Take a heaping cup of raw almonds (with skins), walnuts, cashew nuts, pecans and filberts and toss them all together in a bowl with 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Season generously with good salt (no iodine) and freshly ground pepper and add some chopped rosemary, sage and other herbs you like. A few dashes of sweet paprika if you like. Mix well, put onto a baking sheet, and bake at 200F (yes, a very low heat) for 2.5 hours or so until the nuts are lightly browned and dryish despite the film of oil. Long slow heating is the key, don’t try and rush this. They will crisp up as they cool. UTTERLY ADDICTIVE. I didn’t invent this, I read it in a food magazine a while back.

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Once cool, store nuts in an airtight jar for up to 3-4 days. They make wonderful presents when you are bringing a hostess gift for a holiday dinner. So easy to do, so eye-opening and eyebrow-raisingly delicious. People will ask you where you bought them and you’ll sound so arte when you say “we make them”… Hahaha. Enjoy!

 

COMMENTS:

  1. May says:

    Thank you for the idea….Merry Christmas

    Dec 18, 2014 | 9:22 am

     
  2. Betchay says:

    I am nuts for nuts!!!!

    Dec 18, 2014 | 9:58 am

     
  3. Bubut Baluyot says:

    I love nuts though its against my uric acid… Merry Christmas MM to you and your family

    Dec 18, 2014 | 10:38 am

     
  4. Ed B says:

    “…so arte…” :D Add in some dried fruit/berries once the mix has cooled and you have your own trail mix. :D

    Dec 18, 2014 | 10:58 am

     
  5. Joey says:

    Am I nuts or do you also find local cashew waaaaay better i.e. tastier (mas malinamnam) compared to the imported variety? Although the ones from the US are more substantial, they are rather bland and unexciting. The more diminutive nuts from Palawan have more “character”.

    Dec 18, 2014 | 8:10 pm

     
  6. La Emperor says:

    Nuts are my kryptonite! Thanks for the share, MM. Gives me something to experiment on over the next few days leading to Christmas…:)

    Dec 19, 2014 | 6:13 am

     
  7. Natie says:

    I AM nuts for nuts! That looks so good! I doubt if I could only eat a handful. And yes, I would love to be ‘arte’

    Agree with Joey. Philippine cashews are way more flavorful.

    Dec 20, 2014 | 9:17 am

     
  8. Isa says:

    When I roast almonds for almond butter, I put them on a sheet tray like you do and then heat to 325-350 then turn off the oven and keep the door closed til it’s cool. Gets them crisp every time!

    Dec 20, 2014 | 10:17 am

     
  9. lynn says:

    MM, merry christmas and a happy new year.

    Dec 23, 2014 | 1:37 pm

     
  10. jr peralejo says:

    joel b, i really liked this version of your nuts that i made a trail mix of it. merry christmas and happy new year from me and my family to yours. cheers!

    Dec 23, 2014 | 4:40 pm

     
 

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