With the end of summer comes the dawn of walnut season. Buttery, sweet and just slightly bitter, the nuts are great for cracking and eating by the handful, but they're also terrific in sauces, desserts, salads, breads and more. Here are nine nutty and delicious recipes to kick off walnut season:
1. Walnut Pesto
Toss this pesto with pasta or roasted vegetables, spread it on thickly sliced tomatoes and broil, or stuff it under the skin of a chicken before roasting.
2. Green Olive and Walnut Crostini
This chunky, nutty green-olive topping was inspired by tapenade, the Provençal black-olive spread.