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Cooking Tip of the Week (June 22, 2015)

Posted by William Abruzzo on June 22, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Toast Pine Nuts Before Adding Them to Your Recipes to Bring Out their Flavor

         Whenever a pasta, meat or vegetable recipe calls for any sort of nut, be sure to toast them first. Toasting the nuts develops the nutty flavor, adding more depth and richness to your dish. Nuts can be toasted in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees. The nuts will toast quickly, anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes, so be sure to keep your eye on them. When the nuts are lightly golden, remove them from the oven and transfer them immediately from the baking pan to a dish.


         Nuts can also be toasted on the stove top in an ungreased frying pan. Set the frying pan on a low flame, add the nuts and stir them continually. This will ensure that they toast evenly and do not burn. Sprinkle toasted pine nuts, almonds or walnuts on top of roasted or sautéed vegetables for added texture or grind them up and stir them into sauces like pesto for an extra kick of nutty flavor.

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