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Wow! Walnuts

August 7, 2010
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Our salad bar at work has these really great walnuts that have just a bit of a sugar-coating and our Chef Aaron was happy to share his recipe.  I found a 3 pound bag of raw walnut halves at Costco so gave his recipe a try and as he put it “it’s that easy”. I’ve used walnuts to make those yummy chewy chocolate cookies and in arugula pesto but as a nut, they’ve never been my favorite to eat just as a nut. I prefer them with butter and brown sugar in a crumble or in an apple pie but know the health benefits in them so with this recipe they can be eaten as a snack or sprinked on salad. I found this info online to share with you. “Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium and antioxidants such as Vitamin E. Nuts in general are also high in plant sterols and omega 3 fatty acids. Walnuts, in particular, have significantly higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids as compared to other nuts. In March 2004, the FDA endorsed the health benefits of walnuts by approving its heart health claim.”

Candied Walnuts

each 1  1/2 oz. serving is about 20 halves

3 pounds raw walnut halves

1  1/2 cup water

1  1/2 cup sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp dried thyme

Make a simple syrup by boiling equal amounts of sugar and water. Cool the syrup to room temperature and lightly toss the walnuts with the syrup until they are coated.  Lay the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and season lightly with salt and thyme. Bake them in the oven until toasted about 10 minutes at 350. Turn with a spatula while the walnuts are cooking so they don’t burn. Cool and store in air tight container and eat to good health.

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