7 Ways With Almonds
From salads to entrées to desserts, almost every dish can be improved with the taste of slivered, sliced, or toasted almonds.
Story by Maureen Callahan
Nuts About AlmondsRescue almonds from the nut bowl and add them to a variety of dishes. Their slightly sweet flavor and distinct crunch add memorable flavor to desserts, salads, main dishes, and even candy. Once you try them in recipes, you'll have a hard time just popping them by the handful ever again.
Radicchio Salad with Citrus, Dates, Almonds, and Parmesan CheeseWhile the combination may sound unusual, this refreshing salad offers a chorus of flavor notes ranging from sweet to salty to tart. The bitter taste of radicchio is softened and enhanced by pairing it with sweet dates, tart grapefruit and orange sections, roasted almonds and grated Parmesan. The dressing can be made up to a week ahead and used on other dishes, if you like.
Moroccan Chicken with Almond CouscousChicken thighs are coated with a mixture of sweet and savory pantry spices, browned in a skillet, and then oven roasted with sweet dates and chicken stock. The whole mixture is then served over quick cooking couscous simmered with cumin, almonds, and more stock for a quick weeknight supper.
Almond CakeSliced almonds adorn the top of this simple one-layer cake that's laced with sweet almond liqueur. Sprinkle it with powdered sugar and serve it as is or use it as the base for strawberry shortcake. Bake it in advance and freeze until ready to use.
Fig and Almond SquaresMade with dried figs, almonds, coconut, and amaretto, these wild and crazy bar cookies may just knock brownies off their favored perch. At first bite, there's a hit of sweet almond flavor. Then subtle background notes of gooey fig and crunchy coconut rise up to make a sweet cookie symphony.
Almond Crème CaramelFlavored with both chopped almonds and almond extract, this traditional custard style dessert is made in a single cake pan with sweetened condensed and evaporated milks. Bake it early in the day so it has a chance to cool and chill before serving.
Almond ToffeeDrizzled with chocolate and sprinkled with toasted chopped almonds, this easy toffee will satisfy any sweet tooth. You'll need a candy thermometer (sold at most grocery stores) to make sure the toffee cooks properly. From there, the process is foolproof. Make extra batches for friends, neighbors, or potlucks.
Almond-Crusted Chicken with RiceAfter a quick pan searing these almond-coated chicken breasts are finished off in the oven, making them a easy weeknight meal. The recipe calls for boil-in-the-bag rice but instant or long cooking rice work fine, too. Serve with a side of steamed green beans, carrots, or squash.
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