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Substitute for Hazelnuts?

KrissyWats Nov 7, 2004 10:35 PM

I am making the same turkey this year for Thanksgiving that I made last year since 10 of us ate an entire 20lb turkey in the course of a day - it was the most delightful turkey I've ever had! That said, the recipe calls for hazelnuts mixed into the butter mix that is spread under and on the skin, however this year someone coming is allergic to hazelnuts but no other nuts.

I am afraid to do a straight substitution because I do not know if other nuts have a different rate at which they cook and burned nuts all over a turkey would not be nearly as delightful.

In case you are interested in flavors, the recipe calls for:

Sherry wine vinegar
green onion

I was thinking pecans?


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    Chris VR RE: KrissyWats Nov 8, 2004 08:06 AM

    Hazelnuts are a lot milder than I think of pecans to be. I'd substitute almonds for hazelnuts. Almonds are also closer to the same texture as hazelnuts, which might work better in substituting.

    And save me leftovers :-)

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      StriperGuy RE: Chris VR Nov 8, 2004 08:30 AM

      I agree that almonds would be closer to hazelnuts then pecans or any other nuts.

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        Sharuf RE: StriperGuy Nov 8, 2004 09:58 AM

        I am a former filbert grower, and it seems to me that macadamia nuts would be the closest approximation.

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          KrissyWats RE: Sharuf Nov 8, 2004 10:07 AM

          I just gasped with delight at reading this....macademia nuts hadn't even occurred to me!!!

          We thought of pecans but I really think they would burn, we thought of almonds but they didn't seem like the right taste. MACADEMIAS!!! YIPPEE!!!

          THANK YOU!

          Yes, I'll save you leftovers Chris.

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      kitnimbus RE: KrissyWats Nov 8, 2004 08:19 AM

      I'd go with pecans. They go nicely with sherry vinegar / thyme...

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        conniesilver RE: KrissyWats May 25, 2014 01:09 PM

        So I'm wondering, could I just used almond flour , instead of grinding up almonds to sub for the hazelnuts. Hard to find here too. It is an ice cream recipe.

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          Ttrockwood RE: conniesilver May 25, 2014 08:26 PM

          Does the ice cream recipe call for ground hazelnuts? If so, yes ground almonds will sub fine.
          Ground almonds = almond flour or almond meal, although the flour will be a more fine consistency.

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          GH1618 RE: KrissyWats May 25, 2014 01:31 PM

          If I had a guest who was allergic to any tree nut, I would avoid all tree nuts.


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            foodieX2 RE: GH1618 May 25, 2014 01:41 PM

            Even if they told you it was ok?

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              GH1618 RE: foodieX2 May 25, 2014 01:46 PM

              Yes. This is nothing to take lightly.

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                foodieX2 RE: GH1618 May 25, 2014 06:16 PM

                Seriously? How am I taking it lightly when they tell me they can eat something???

                I have many friends whose children have various yet severe allergies. If they say little Josie can't have peanuts but tree nuts are fine I take that at face value. I do the same with my adult guests.

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                  GH1618 RE: foodieX2 May 25, 2014 09:09 PM

                  Did you read the document to which I linked?

                  I know this site is about food, but where a person's well-being is concerned, the favorite recipe takes a back seat.

                  I've written this before, but it bears repeating: Every good safety protocol has redundancy.

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                    foodieX2 RE: GH1618 May 26, 2014 07:08 AM

                    I guess I trust my friends to take care if their children and themselves more than I trust linked documents from a stranger on the internet.

                    So when my peanut sensitive friend serves me her "famous" pecan pie I don't tell her not to eat it. And when my sons friend with celiac, soy and egg allergies trusts me to make his lunch I do so happily.

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