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Feb 15, 2012 08:33 PM

Pine nut substitution?

A friend passed along an interesting sounding recipe for pasta with sardines, fennel, currants, and pine nuts. I have avoided using pine nuts after a couple friends suffered from pine-mouth. Additionally, they are expensive. What nut would you recommend replacing the pine nuts with? I am leaning towards almonds, but would like other's opinions. I am not a very experienced cook so any advice is appreciated!

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      ditto the walnuts- or Italian pine nuts instead of chinese- but they are super duper expensive.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        yes to the almonds and walnuts.......and add pecans to the list as well.

        1. I have been using pistachios instead of pine nuts. This dish sounds Sicilian and I understand there are pistachio trees in that area so maybe appropriate?

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          1. re: escondido123

            I think any of the nuts suggested will work but having had this dish a few times I really think pistachio would be great in it. And yes, as escondido 123 said, this is a Sicilian dish and pistachios are grown in Sicily.

            1. re: ttoommyy

              Thanks for the input. Pistachios sound like a good choice as well for this dish. I have them on hand, so I'll have to make a final decision. I feel like I am more informed of my options now, thanks to all.

          2. Use WALNUT meats. The lesser quality pestos usually have walnuts in their ingredient list instead of pine nuts. Quality suffers a bit surely -- just don't skimp on any of the other remaining ingredients.

            1. Thanks all for the input. Walnuts sound like a good alternative, and I have them on hand.

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              1. re: chinchi

                walnuts are terribly tannic relative to pine nuts. i would use almonds or pistachios, both of which are more common in southern italian cookery.

              2. Cook's Thesaurus suggests (in order): walnuts OR almonds OR hazelnuts OR cashews OR peanuts OR sunflower seeds.