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Cooking with Nuts


While cooking at home from our San Francisco Food Tour of North Beach\Little Italy and Chinatown, I like using nuts to add some flavor and crunch to some dishes.  A great way to get even more flavor is to toast them I the oven.  It can vary a little according to the type of nuts, however, I can usually toast them at about 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Just keep a close eye on them, so they don’t burn.  They can quickly go from toasted to burnt very quickly.  You can roast them in a skillet.  If you’re using a non-stick skillet, then you only need a little oil.  Depending on your skillet’s interior, affects how much oil to use.  The hotter the temperature the faster that the nuts can go from toasted to burnt, so I don’t like using more the about medium high heat.  That just gives me more ability to control how fast the nuts can go from toasted to burnt.

On our San Francisco Food Tours, we tend to see most of our stops will toast nuts in a skillet. They are usually cooking something else at the same times, so they can keep a very close eye on the toasting nuts. 

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