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What to do with fresh walnuts?

nikinaka Oct 26, 2006 11:42 PM

I just got a bunch of fresh walnuts (still in the shell) and haven't the faintest clue what to do with them. Granted, I could just eat them all, but I want to put them to good use in a dish. Any suggestions?

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  1. Candy RE: nikinaka Oct 27, 2006 12:03 AM

    They are good in Baklava.

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      nikinaka RE: Candy Oct 27, 2006 12:11 AM

      that's a great one..thanks!

    2. toodie jane RE: nikinaka Oct 27, 2006 12:14 AM

      Chiles en nogada is a Mexican dish of meat-stuffed fresh ancho or poblano chiles that features walnuts in the sauce and a garnish of pomegranate seeds. Diana Kennedy's books have the recipe.

      Walnuts usually star in baked good in my kitchen. Nut breads (quick bread) and cookies like Mexican Wedding cakes and breads like banana or orange bread aren't he same without that wonderful crunch. For a stunningly easy sweet, stuff pitted prunes with walnut halves and enrobe in milk or dark chocolate.

      Cracking hint: crack the nuts lightly by striking the pointed end with a light hammer; you'll get the most halves that way. My parents, who made extra money during the depression by cracking nuts for local bakeries, taught me that trick. Every fall of my childhood we'd go around to abandoned walnut trees, remnants of old orchards or lone sentinals of long-ago farm yards, and gather nuts. Then we'd sit and chew the fat while cracking nuts for holiday baking. A great family acivity.

      1. neil RE: nikinaka Oct 27, 2006 05:17 AM

        Big handful in a bowl of mixed plain/vanilla yogurt with honey driseled on top

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          nicoleberry83 RE: nikinaka Oct 27, 2006 03:55 PM

          Chicken salad: chopped chicken, pesto, mayo, celery, grapes, onion, walnuts!

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            fauchon RE: nikinaka Oct 27, 2006 03:58 PM

            toast them and add to bulghur...also good with wild rice & currants...

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              Sharuf RE: nikinaka Oct 27, 2006 04:12 PM

              Waldorf salad.

              1. Katie Nell RE: nikinaka Oct 27, 2006 04:14 PM

                Here's a posting about a flourless walnut cake recipe, recipe is linked within that post: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                1. geg5150 RE: nikinaka Oct 27, 2006 04:29 PM

                  I love them in a good salad!

                  Romaine & frisee
                  Mandarin oranges
                  Red onion
                  Big handful of chopped walnuts
                  With a dressing of olive oil, rice wine vinegar, garlic, S&P.

                  So simple and delicious! Also great with dried cranberries!

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                    luckygirl RE: nikinaka Oct 28, 2006 01:58 AM

                    I adore walnuts with spaghetti. Toss cooked noodles with a little EVO, fresh choped parsley, your choped walnuts and some grted parm or romano. So simple and so heavenly.

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