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Nov 7, 2004 10:35 PM

Substitute for Hazelnuts?

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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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  1. 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

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

      1. re: StriperGuy

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

        1. re: Sharuf

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

      1. 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.

        1 Reply
        1. re: conniesilver

          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.

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

          5 Replies
          1. re: GH1618

            Even if they told you it was ok?

            1. re: foodieX2

              Yes. This is nothing to take lightly.

              1. re: GH1618

                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.

                1. re: foodieX2

                  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.

                  1. re: GH1618

                    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.