Maple syrup and walnuts: 5-minute snack or salad topping
I first made these Maple Glazed Walnuts last week. For some reason, making glazed walnuts seemed daunting to me. Doing something for the first time often is, I find. But as usual, I found that this was easier than I expected and totally worth the time to make!
These Maple Glazed Walnuts take just a few minutes to make (and disappear almost as quickly!). The nuts are tossed with a little butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup in a pan on the stove and turn into a deliciously sweet walnut snack or salad topper. (I'll be sharing a salad recipe using these walnuts in the next couple of days.)
The first time I made Maple Glazed Walnuts, the children and I ate them almost before they had even cooled. Really, if you love walnuts or cinnamon or even just LIKE walnuts you will love these Maple Glazed Walnuts! I only like (not love) nuts but I couldn't stop eating these! Maybe I just love maple syrup... ;)
I got all my ingredients for this recipe at Costco. (Is that a surprise?) :) A 3-pound bag of walnut halves and pieces is $13.69, and that is about 12 cups of walnuts. I also get maple syrup at Costco for about $13/quart. I used to use honey as a sweetener in cooking, but now I really prefer maple syrup for savory dishes like stir fry, salads, etc. It has a light sweet flavor that we prefer over honey's stronger flavor. (I do still use honey in my wheat bread, challah, honey mustard salad dressing, and some other recipes.)
Some of my more recent recipes that use maple syrup are Maple Rosemary Bean Salad (a delicious salad created by a friend), Balsamic Maple Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower, and the dressing for my Strawberry Spinach Salad.
What are your favorite ways to use maple syrup outside the normal breakfast uses? :)
More recipes using nuts (I didn't realize I had so many!) :)