Toasted nuts are a versatile ingredient to add dimensions of flavor with a simple sprinkle.
Numerous green salad, fruit salad and side dish recipes call for toasted nuts. You can also add them to pasta, rice, soup and vegetable dishes, and as plate garnishes. They’re a delicious topping for French toast, pancakes and waffles.
Toasting takes the bite out of walnuts and adds mellow dimensions of flavor to any variety of nut. It can also crisp up older nuts that have gotten soft.
When served as a cheese condiment, warming the nuts brings out the lushness of the cheese, while the salt and crunch of the nuts offer a delightful contrast.
So if you’re looking for something special for Father’s Day, consider a cheese course of Brie or Camembert with toasted pistachios. (Don’t want such a rich cheese? Find another in our Gourmet Cheese section.
Enjoy a cheese course of a wedge of Brie or Camembert with toasted pistachio nuts. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.
RECIPE: BRIE OR CAMEMBERT WITH WARM PISTACHIOS
1. Set cheese at room temperature 45 minutes before serving.
2. Preheat oven to 200°F.*
3. Spread pistachios on an ungreased cookie sheet. Toast in oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with cheese.
Beyond pistachios, here’s how to toast nuts for all occasions, in the oven or on the stovetop.
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