HB and I love pine nuts. If you follow my blog, you will know that we add them to as many recipes as we can. One of my favorite snacks is a handful of these wonderfully tasting toasted nuts. Toasting brings out the savory flavors found within these delicious morsels.
We usually buy our raw shelled pine nuts in a 1.5 lb bag from Costco. Spread them out on a cookie sheet. Place in a preheated 325 F oven and toast for 12-13 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Place cooled pine nuts in a freezer bag and they should stay fresh for about 6 months (we always run out of them before six months is up!)
Here are a few of our favorite pine nut recipes:
blue corn blueberry piñon waffles
best ever chocolate chip cookies
cherry pine nut cookies
le creuset mini cocottes – sausage-pine nut dressing
There are so many ways to experiment with pine nuts. We add them to our egg scramble and grilled cheese sandwiches… pretty much everything is better with pine nuts! And an added bonus… they’re super nutritious! How do you use your pine nuts other than in pesto? As always, I welcome your comments!
I have been making scratch buttermilk pancakes and waffles for years. But, when our son brought us blue corn pancake and waffle mix from a recent trip to Santa Fe, we thought that fresh blueberries and pine nuts would be a perfect complement. It was!
- 1 c flour
- 1 c blue corn pancake/waffle mix (or 1/2 c blue cornmeal to 1 1/2 cup flour)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 -1/2 Tbsp sugar
- 3 beaten eggs
- 2 c buttermilk
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
- 1 c fresh blueberries
- 1 c toasted pine nuts (piñones)
Preheat waffle iron.
Combine dry ingredients. Add buttermilk, beaten eggs and melted butter. Mix lightly with mixing spoon (batter will be lumpy). Gently fold in blueberries and pine nuts.
Waffle iron should be completely heated. Pour about 1/2 cup batter into each square. Our waffles took about 12 minutes to bake. Every waffle iron varies in heat and cooking time. This batter makes approximately 12 squares. Since HB and I are empty nesters, we froze the leftover waffles for another day.
Reserve about 1/2 cup blueberries and pine nuts to top waffles, if desired.
Serve with warm syrup and enjoy! As always, I welcome any comments or questions.