Food You Can Eat: Citrus Nuts

Yes, there are non-cilantro options.

These are tasty enough that, in the before times, I might have made a big batch and put them in a pretty tin as a hostess gift.

The trick here is the juxtaposition of the citrus with the nut and herb; the citrus in unexpected and addictive. Also – let the flavors settle overnight, or at least a few hours, they get better as they further infuse. It is super easy and substitution friendly.

Sauté 2 cups of unsalted cashews, sprinkled with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon each of smoked paprika and chili powder, in two tablespoons of olive oil until toasted, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.

If you prefer, use almonds, walnuts, peanuts, or whatever nut you like/have in the cupboard. If you have flavored nut oils about, I would match the nut to the oil. Actually any oil will do,I have some truffle oil I’m going to try next time.

Now for the fun flavors:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro and the juice and zest of 1 lime.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon and the juice and zest of 1 Meyer lemon.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil and the juice and zest of 1 orange.
  • Any savory herb and citrus combo you wish.

Mix the citrus/herb blend into the nuts, remove the pan from the heat, and finish with salt to taste (if you are young and healthy, go wild with the salt). Put in an airtight container and resist them while the flavors meld.

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  1. …I admire the faith you have that I might resist the cashew nuts for long enough to do something creative with them…& it does es sound tasty

    …but the steadily emptying tub of just-salted ones beside this sofa suggests I may not be equal to that challenge?

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