Balsamic Maple Walnuts

September 24th, 2013 3 Comments

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It’s time for a little image-tribute to the last days of summer and the radiant color of its bounty.  These are two photos from my friend David Cavagnaro of Pepperfield Project.  I never tire of looking at his pictures.  He photographs using only natural light, calling himself “stubbornly anti-technological” but the results are brilliant.

 

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“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.”

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~E.B. White 

 

 

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Onward…

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These walnuts are tasty nuggets on salads, over ice cream, or in the palm of your hand.  Earlier this year I served them in a salad with arugula, radishes, bacon and a lemon dill dijon vinaigrette.  Their tangy-sweetness paired especially well with the peppery arugula and the salt of the bacon.

At the Loring Café we used to make a maple syrup-cider vinegar reduction mixed with pecans drizzled over a cornmeal-crusted walleye fillet, I could imagine these walnuts sprinkled on a mild fish.

 

I kept these buddies very basic to highlight two of the most flavorful liquids around, but you could try other seasonings for fun:

  • Cayenne
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Dried Lavender Flowers
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom

 

 

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Balsamic Maple Walnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

 

Toast for 3-4 minutes in the oven–be careful, they burn easily:

3 cups walnuts

Melt on low heat in a heavy pot:

1/2 cup Sugar

2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

When it’s a medium tan color, stir in the walnuts. 

When the balsamic-sugar is evenly coating the walnuts, spread them out on a cookie sheet.

Sprinkle with:

Kosher Salt

Bake another 3-4 minutes, then remove and let cool.

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I found this on one of these brilliant September days.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Norma Hervey says:

    Perfect timing! Thank you. I bought walnuts today and have the other ingredients so I anticipate delights tomorrow.

  2. Frank Wright says:

    We will try this with black walnuts and serve them with pears.

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