makes 2 handfuls
I always have a jar of roasted almonds in the house. Sometimes I roast my own and other times, I buy them pre-roasted and even smoked.
They’re my go-to snack but I also use them all the time to add a little more crunch of make a dish more substantial. They’re especially good in salads but I also love them scattered over soups.
I tend to go for raw almonds with the skins on because they have more fibre and look prettier. But by all means, use blanched (skinless) almonds if you have them lying around.
2 handfuls raw almonds
1. Preheat your overhead grill (broiler) on it’s highest heat.
2. Place almonds on a baking tray and pop under the broiler.
3. Roast, stirring every few minutes until the nuts smell lovely and are starting to crack. Somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes.
4. Allow to cool on the tray and store in an air tight container in the pantry.
Absolutely! WIll keep in the pantry for a few months or longer. Although it’s good to note that the roasting process does make the nuts more susceptible to rancidity so unroasted nuts will keep for much longer.
Will keep for months in an air tight container.
variations for fun
different nuts – pretty much all nuts can be roasted like this and will benefit from the flavour boost that roasting brings. The time will vary so usually smaller nuts like pine nuts will take less time and larger nuts longer.
skillet method – place nuts in a skillet (fry pan) on a high heat and toss every minutes or so until nuts smell roasted.
oven method – if you don’t have an overhead grill (broiler) roast in a hot oven. Will take longer – usually 10-15 minutes.
nut-free – try roasting sunflower seeds in this manner.
budget – try roasting peanuts or whatever nuts you can pick up cheaply – best to buy in bulk.
problem solving guide
too burnt – If I had a dollar for every time I’ve burnt a batch of nuts and had to throw them out and start again, I’d be a very rich girl. These days I set a timer for 5 minutes to remind myself to check.
soft nuts -old nuts can pick up moisture and lose their cruch. Roasting is a brilliant way to drive off the excess moisture and regain their lovely nutty crunch.
soft nuts – the hot nuts will have a soft texture, just wait for them to cool and they should be back to crunchy goodness.
rancid nuts – if you’re worried your nuts smell a little randic or ‘stale’ then try roasting them anyway – the heat can actually get rid of rancid odours temporarily. So roast and try and eat them asap.
Great as a snack on their own.
Scatter over salads, soups, vegetable dishes or anywhere you’d like a little more crunch or to make a dish more ‘filling’.
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