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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?


  1. c
    Chris VR 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 :-)

    3 Replies
    1. re: Chris VR
      StriperGuy Nov 8, 2004 08:30 AM

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

      1. re: StriperGuy
        Sharuf 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.

        1. re: Sharuf
          KrissyWats 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.

    2. k
      kitnimbus Nov 8, 2004 08:19 AM

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

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