It’s Awards Season, people! Today for the Golden Globes, I am parked in front of the TV with my champers and my fancy snacks. You can make some too. Hazelnuts are not your average, run-of-the-mill nut, so they are a perfect nibble for this superstar day. These are really easy and they go great on a cheese plate, on top of your ice cream or just in a bowl beside your bubbly.
Enjoy and may the best dress win!!
Related recipes: These are great with other fancy things like Parmesan-Rosemary Gougères with Goat Cheese.
(adapted lightly from Bon Appetit)
1 cup hazelnuts
1/2 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350
Place nuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 8-10 minutes
Remove from oven and place in a dish towel while still warm, rub with towel to remove skins. (not all of them will come off, don’t waste your energy)
Coarsely chop roasted nuts
Place a small skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add nuts and sugar. Stir constantly until sugar melts and coats all nuts. This process will be very slow at first, but once that sugar begins to liquidize, you really need to be ready. Keep stirring, the caramel will form, and it will brown the nuts more deeply as well.
Once caramel forms, transfer nuts to parchment paper to cool completely. Once cooled coarsely chop and enjoy!
Note: Some people add a bit of water to the sugar when beginning to cook the caramel. I don’t do this on the advice of some cookbooks that I have. Caramel isn’t the easiest thing for me, and I feel that leaving the water out helps me not to screw up.