Somebody pinch me. Is Pesach really in less than a month? Ahhhhhhhhh
That’s not to say I’m making Pesach this year, because I plan to avoid that catastrophic monster of a gluten free cookfest for as long as I can. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind helping in the kitchen at all, in fact, I enjoy coming up with original dishes as a result of our strict Passover restrictions. But the thought of actually hosting meal after meal for eight days straight is not exactly appealing to me.
So, I’ll be helping out in my mom’s kitchen this year. And I plan to do a lot of spiralizing. We’ll be eating plenty of zoodles and sweet potato rice – a healthier alternative to the overused spud.
Meals are not that much of an issue – we always have my mom’s Passover gefilte fish, mason jars filled with pickled cucumber salad, beet “vinaigrette”, ratatouille and mock chopped liver. There are also the traditional Pesach dishes like scrambled hard boiled eggs, orange chicken and sweet nut omelettes. But snacks? other than bananas and the occasional piece of dark chocolate, we’re out of options.
Last year, I made these sugared almonds, but as my palate has taken a turn for the savory, I came up with an even tastier version, minus the sugar. Parmesan roasted almonds are completely addictive, and they make the most amazing croutons over lettuce! If you make your own mayo, a Passover Caesar salad can now be on the menu, without losing out on the crunchy crouton goodness.
Making these croutons the other day was an admission that Pesach is coming, whether we like it or not. But it was also a realization that it can be oh. so. delicious.
More fun and innovative Passover recipes recipes are coming your way soon, so stay tuned!
Parmesan Roasted Almonds
2 cups unsalted almonds (.75 lb)
1 egg white
1/2 cup Natural & Kosher Cheese grated parmesan
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a bowl, mix the parmesan cheese with the spices. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy, add the nuts and stir until coated. Sprinkle the parmesan mixture over the nuts and mix until coated. Arrange the nuts in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden and fragrant. Cool for at least 1 hour.
Remove the nuts from the baking sheet. Break into bite- sized pieces and store in an airtight container.
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