Farm to Fork: Walnuts addthis
Farm to Fork: Walnuts
You probably enjoy them in holiday cookies. How about a crusty coating to some recipes with fish? Walnuts are one of the most versatile tree nuts around. Sharon Vaknin serves up some very special walnut recipes that you will want to try including a sweet and salty recipe for caramel coated walnuts and walnut pesto over chicken skewers.

Anderson Family Caramel Coated Walnuts Recipe
Anderson Family Caramel Coated Walnuts

4 cups walnuts
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white corn syrup
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Place walnuts in a bowl and set aside. Mix together brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt and cream of tartar in a large pot. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly once boiling begins. Remove from heat. Add baking soda and stir until settled. Quickly pour mixture over walnuts and stir continually till coated. Pour the walnuts onto a large cookie sheet. Spread the walnuts out evenly, being sure not to overcrowd them. Bake at 200 degrees F for 2 hours. Turn the walnuts every twenty minutes while they are in the oven. Take out of oven and let cool. After they cool, you may need to break them apart. Store in an airtight container for two weeks.

Chicken Skewers with Minty Walnut Pesto Recipe
Chicken Skewers with Minty Walnut Pesto

Bamboo skewers (or metal, if desired)
1 lb chicken breast, cubed
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt, pepper to taste

Ingredients for the pesto:
1 cup walnuts
Handful mint
Handful parsley
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup pecorino Romano cheese
Juice 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
1/2-1 cup extra virgin olive oil

Soak bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes. Toss cubed chicken with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper. Skewer chicken and place on baking sheet.

In a food processor, combine all pesto ingredients, except for the olive oil. Pulse a few times, then drizzle the olive oil down the feeding tube as you pulse. Add enough oil to create a pesto consistency. Set aside.

Broil chicken on second-to-highest rack for 3 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Transfer to serving plate and top with pesto (or serve on the side as a dipping sauce.)


Walnuts - Fun Fact:
When it comes to nutritional nuts you can’t do much better than walnuts. High in vitamins and minerals, they are also a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids. And walnuts are rich in phytochemicals, delivering anti-oxidant benefits essential to a heart healthy diet.

California Farm Bureau Federation
California Department of Food and Agriculture

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