Nuts & Seeds





Nuts and seeds are a smart, nutrient-dense option when you need fuel with great flavor. You can sprinkle them over yogurt or oatmeal in the morning to add crunch and they both make delicious alternatives to peanut butter (actually a legume) when blended up. Or upgrade a bowl of soup or a salad for dinner with a small handful. Food & Wine gives you the best recipes that feature seeds and nuts in brittles, salads, desserts and more.

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Xeni Atapakua (Three-Seed Pipián with Sorrel)

Atapakua is a Purhépecha term that refers to whole range of stew-like dishes thickened with masa. In this atapakua from Imelda Campos Sebastián (also known as doña Mela) of Michoacan, Mexico, sorrel adds bright acidity to a masa-thickened sauce made of a blend of seeds and vegetables. Greens like mature arugula, mustard greens, or Swiss chard can stand in for sorrel in this dish but will lack its punchy flavor. (If substituting heartier Swiss chard or mustard greens for sorrel, remove the stems before using). Doña Mela doesn't serve this dish with lemon, but if sorrel is unavailable, squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice before serving. Yerba buena, similar to orange mint, has a citrusy, minty flavor with notes of pine; look for it or orange mint at Mexican grocery stores or at plant nurseries.

Auntie Roberta’s Bourma (Armenian Phyllo Pastry with Walnuts)

A wooden skewer, dowel, or chopstick is the only special tool needed to make this crispy scrunched phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts and drizzled with sugary syrup. A splash of fresh lemon juice adds bright, zesty flavor to the syrup that balances both the sweetness of the pastry and the rich, buttery walnuts. The recipe is from Roberta Kochakian of Los Angeles, who is descended from a family of Armenian Genocide survivors and has devoted much of her life to chronicling traditional Armenian recipes and cooking techniques.

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Curry-Spiced Nut Bars

Roasting nuts with curry powder enhances the flavor and aroma of both. Add the rice syrup while the nuts are still warm to soften the syrup for easier stirring. Slideshow: More Nut Recipes 

Pecan Tassies

Just like miniature pecan pies, pecan tassies have a crisp, buttery crust and a sweet, pecan-packed filling. We like to spike our filling with a little bourbon and put a couple of bittersweet chocolate chips at the bottom of each cookie. Slideshow: More Pecan Recipes