There are so many twists to candied nuts and using almonds and/or pistachios adds some great flavor to salads. They add a little crunch and a bit of sweetness. I have provided two favorite ways to candy almonds and one has pistachios in it too. Go here for recipes for pecans and walnuts. I think my guests this weekend will really enjoy these choices to put on their salads!
Candied Almonds and Pistachios
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup pistachios, roasted and salted
- pinch of salt (optional – I never add)
Combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer until the mixture becomes syrupy, whisking frequently, about 3 minutes.
Add the nuts and stir until the liquid evaporates and almonds become a golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Season to taste with salt if desired. Pour the mixture onto a small sheet pan lined with foil. Break up any large clumps when cool enough to handle.
Recipe by cooking with aunt juju @
I love to use these sweet nuts on a salad with dried fruit such as cherries and maybe some blue cheese too. Any dressing of your choice will be delicious.
- 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
Melt the butter in a small saucepan; add the sugar and whisk until the sugar melts for about 2-3 minutes. It will look like caramel. Add the nuts and stir frequently until the almonds are toasted, another 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to burn the nuts, so watch carefully. Allow to cool and break apart in pieces, reminds me of a brittle.
Recipe by cooking with aunt juju @ https://cookingwithauntjuju.com/2015/06/03/candied-almonds-and-pistachios/