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Looking for savory ideas for almond meal

nofunlatte Feb 5, 2011 02:42 PM

I'm doing the "eat what you have before you buy more stuff for the freezer" thing and I came across some almond meal. Any savory recipe idea? Sweet I can think of, but I'm cutting back on sugar. Any ideas would be welcomed!

  1. Honestly Good Food Feb 7, 2011 07:44 PM

    A strange place to look for recipes might be on some gluten free forums, it can be a reasonable replacement for flour.

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      scarletcerise Feb 6, 2011 07:57 AM

      Almond meal is great for thickening vegetable "patés," as in my favorite mushroom paté, which is just delicious spread on simple stone-ground wheat crackers.

      Mushroom Pâté

      1. Sauté 1 chopped medium onion until soft (about 5 minutes); add about 2 cups chopped mushrooms (any kind). Cook until mushrooms are soft as well, another 5-10 minutes.
      2. Sprinkle on smoked paprika, dried thyme, dried tarragon, and a pinch of cayenne, and a generous splash (about 1/4 cup) of dry Sherry. Cook another few minutes until *most* (but not all) of the liquid is evaporated.
      3. Place mushroom mixture in a food processor with about 2/3 cup of almond meal and puree until very smooth. Purée in softened cream cheese, anywhere from 4-8 oz. depending on your preference for creaminess. I use about 5 oz. for a more pronounced mushroom-y flavor. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Purée on the highest speed until mixture is very smooth.

      Serve with stone ground wheat crackers or fresh baguette slices (crackers of bread with strong flavors of their own aren't great for this subtle spread).

      1. Emme Feb 6, 2011 07:57 AM

        i use it as binder for my salmon croquettes... flaked salmon, eggs, diced cooked onion, fresh chopped parsley, little salt and pepper, and almond meal -- just enough til it holds together, err on the side of it seeming too dry than not dry enough :) can bake or saute in pan in Pam.

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          Joebob Feb 5, 2011 04:26 PM

          You probably could sub for ground walnuts in fesenjan.

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            piccola Feb 5, 2011 04:11 PM

            Mix it with breadcrumbs for coating meat/fish/tofu/whatever. Use it as a binder in veggie patties or falafel or meatloaf. Toast it, then sprinkle over buttered pasta with grated parmesan and whatever seasoning you want. Add it to the crust for quiche.

            ...That's all I can think of. :)

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            1. re: piccola
              chocabot Feb 5, 2011 07:11 PM

              There's a Moroccan recipe where white fish fillets are floured, eggwashed the coated with almond meal. The sauce has onions, honey and prunes stuffed with almonds. It's surprisingly savory despite the ingredients.

              1. re: chocabot
                nofunlatte Feb 6, 2011 03:58 AM

                Recipe please!

                FYI, thanks for the all the suggestions, folks!

                1. re: nofunlatte
                  chocabot Feb 7, 2011 07:27 PM

                  Almond Crusted Fish w/ Prunes

                  -stuff 24 lightly roasted blanched almonds into 24 pitted prunes.
                  -fry 2 sliced onions in 2 tbs butter until soft and golden.
                  -add 1/2 tsp each ground ginger, cinnamon, some S+P
                  -pour in 1c water and stir in a pinch of saffron. simmer 5 min.
                  -add stuffed prunes, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp orange flower water and stir. simmer 15 min.
                  -beat egg with 1/4 tsp each ginger, cinnamon, salt
                  -spread 1 cup almond meal in a flat dish.
                  -dredge fish (4 x 7oz white fish fillets) in egg then almond and set on a lined tray.
                  -shallow fry the fish careful not to burn almond coating, about 2 min a side.
                  -finish cooking fish in prune sauce 2-3 min and serve with lemon wedges.

                  *when i make it, i'm generous with seasonings and spices

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