Maple-Sumac Roasted Walnuts

22 Oct

maple-sumac-walnuts.jpgHere’s a nice, easy recipe that is in the latest issue of Cooking Light, where it was a staff favorite. It would be great as a snack at holiday parties or as a hostess gift. It’s also good as a salad topping if you break the walnuts up a bit. You can get sumac in a Middle Eastern grocery or online. If you can’t find it or don’t like it, you can substitute lemon rind.

Ingredients:

4 cups raw walnuts (about 12 oz.)
⅓ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup raw white sesame seeds
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper (optional)
½ tsp. ground black pepper
1½ tsp. kosher salt, divided
1 Tbs. ground sumac

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Place walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet or in a large ovenproof skillet. Add maple syrup, sesame seeds, olive oil and red pepper (if desired). Sprinkle with black pepper and 1 tsp. salt and toss until evenly combined.

Roast, stirring occasionally, until walnuts are golden brown and maple syrup is caramelized, 15 or 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and immediately sprinkle with sumac and remaining ½ tsp. salt, tossing to coat.

Let cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 18

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