Thursday, December 13, 2012

Simple Twists For Cooking With Nuts From Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Fisher Nuts + Giveaway


Fisher Nuts has teamed up with Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a regular judge on Chopped, to make your holiday cooking a bit easier and offer you some simple twists for cooking with nuts during the holidays. 
 
I love Fisher Nuts! They are so incredibly fresh and a much higher quality than brands I have purchased in the past. The hardest part is not to eat all the nuts before you have a chance to cook with them. I am also a huge Food Network fan and I have learned a lot from chefs like Alex Guarnaschelli. She always inspires me to try new things in the kitchen. She has some great recipes listed on the Fisher Nuts website including Pear Crisp with Almonds, Stuffed White Mushrooms with Pecans and Almond Heart Cookies. I would have never have thought to add Pecans to stuffed mushrooms! See...inspiration. All of Alex’s recipes can be found at www.fishernuts.com/alex.

Alex also has some great tips for cooking with nuts. A lot of the tips are probably things you would never think of. Here are two of my favorite tips she shares:

 -Savory & Sassy Sauces: Slow cooking a piece of meat? Add a few nuts to some of the cooking liquid, blend it smooth and pour it back into the rest of the cooking liquid to naturally enrich the flavor and thicken your sauce.

-Quick and Simple Dessert: For a great addition to your holiday dessert table, melt some sugar in a pan until golden brown and stir in some nuts. Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet to cook and then break into pieces for a quick and simple nut brittle.

Make sure you read all of her tips! They are so useful. 

When I received my prize pack from Fisher Nuts I had a lot of ideas and immediately started a list of things to cook/ bake. Unfortunately, I came down with the flu right after my package arrived. I was only able to make one of my ideas. I will share it with you in a moment. First I want to share some of the things that I still plan on making: Pecan-crusted Pork Chops, Roasted Nuts, Candied Pecans, Pecan Delights, Brownies with Pecans and Walnuts, Grilled Chicken Salad with Walnuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette and Alex's Stuffed White Mushrooms with Pecans. Sometimes I get a bit too inspired. One thing is for sure; once I am healthy we will have a lot of delicious nut dishes and desserts to eat.

The one thing I was able to make was Cinnamon Pecan Rolls. Since I wasn't feeling good, I used packaged croissant rolls. You could make the dough homemade and these would be even better. I also must warn you that my "roll" came out a little flat. It is because I did not close my seems up well enough on the dough. Opps.

Cinnamon Pecan Rolls

Ingredients:
-refrigerated croissant dough
-1/2 cup chopped Fisher Pecans (add more or less to your taste)
-3 tablespoons melted butter
-3 tablespoons brown sugar (I used Splenda's version)
-1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
-Mix melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon together. After blended, add pecans
-Grease large cookie sheet (or use non-stick) and unroll your croissant dough carefully. Press the dough together at the seems to form one large piece of dough.
-Spread filling mixture on top of dough and even it out
-Gently roll the dough length-wise until you have a "log"
-Bake according to croissant directions (about 16 minutes)
-Allow to cool for a few minutes before cutting into slices


I wish I could tell you that I have a gorgeous picture of my perfect looking Cinnamon Pecan Roll, but this is it. It was kind of an ooey-gooey mess of goodness. At least it tasted delicious. Taste is what matters, right? I am thinking of adding raisins and walnuts next time. The Fishers Pecans in this were SO good. They were candied by the brown sugar mixture. I will definitely be making these again (and hopefully improving the look as well).

Buy some Fisher Nuts and get inspired (whether by Alex, another chef or even me...) and make something new and delicious this holiday season.

GIVEAWAY:

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-Fisher Chef’s Naturals Pecan Halves
-Fisher Chef’s Naturals Walnut Halves & Pieces
-Food Network 5-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
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Disclosure Statement: I am working with Fisher to share Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s recipes and create my own original recipe using Fisher Nuts and tools they provided. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments. 

141 comments:

Kat @ S and F said...

I wish I was more of a baker like you!

BethElderton said...

I love most nuts! I think pecans are my favorite.
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BethElderton said...

I love the -Quick and Simple Dessert nut brittle idea--I am definitely going to try this
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Leslie Galloway (LesGalloway //at// hotmail //dot// com) www.facebook.com/GallowayLeslie said...

I think I'm the only one in the world, but I really like Brazil Nuts

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bayctygrl said...

almonds and pistachios

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Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

cashews and pistachios
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Seyma Bennett Shabbir said...

Love her tip about twist on rice. We add almonds blanched to removed the skin.
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wendym said...

Cashews have always been my favorite!

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wendym said...

Tip #9 Making a simple dessert with sugar and nuts.

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amp said...

cashews and hazelnuts are my favs


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Danielle Royalegacy said...

I love almonds, peanuts, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds

Danielle Royalegacy said...

I like tip 8: adding parsley and basil to flavor my holiday dishes with

DeborahC said...

I love macadamia nuts the best!

Andrea said...

I like pretty much any of them, but my favorite are hazelnuts.

ConnieFoggles said...

My fave is pistachios.

Julie H said...

I love most nuts but pistachios are a fave!

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mummytotwoboys said...

I like Walnuts
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Jina said...

My favorite nut changes. Right now, I think it's pecans.

egoettner said...

brazil nuts

egoettner said...

I like tip #10 adding nuts to salads.

Space Monkey said...

I LOVE Pecans the most, followed by Cashews. I really DO love nuts, I keep a little bowl of them out all the time. To encourage good snack-eating by everyone!

Space Monkey said...

I REALLY like the idea of the sugar and buttered, pan fried nuts! Oh my gosh that sounds really good. I am going to try it tomorrow in fact. For a movie time snack.

abfantom said...

Cashews are my favorite nut

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Karla said...

I'd have to say my favorite nuts are pecans.

michelle fuller said...

I like the idea of using nuts instead of bread crumbs for coating meat.

michelle fuller said...

My favorite nuts are pistachios.

Liz said...

My favorite are walnuts.

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Kelly Nicholson said...

What are your favorite type of nuts?

Almonds

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Kelly Nicholson said...

leave your answer in the comments

10..adding nuts to salads

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Kathryn said...

It is a draw between cashews and almonds as I love them both.

Kathryn said...

I love all her tips and she is on of my favorite chefs on television.

I have used peanut butter in sauces before, but had not thought to use actual nuts and blend them in a meat juices to thicken up and use as a gravy.

The one I like the best is to add to a vinaigrette dressing as I never would have thought of that.

Denise said...

I LOVE walnuts. Thanks for the giveaway!

lkvoyer said...

My favorite nut is the pecan. LKVOYER at aol dot com

Margie said...

My favorite nut in cookies is walnuts. Thanks for the giveaway.
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Margie said...

Interesting tip--do a twist on a pecan pie and add all your favorite types of nuts.
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debbie said...

cashews are my favorite

doodlebug said...

I LOVE cashews!!

doodlebug said...

My favorite Alex tip was using nuts instead of bread crumbs. Sounds interesting!!

debijackson said...

I love almonds smoked debbie jackson
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dht04001 said...

i love pecans
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mkjmc said...

Ilove Cashews

Selinda said...

I love Walnuts!

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Selinda said...

Flavorful French Toast: Coat slices of French toast with ground nuts just before browning the slices. This will add great flavor and texture. is my favorite!

Thanks,

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benz1171 said...

Pistachios.

benz1171 said...

Healthy Snacks roast nuts with cayenne.

Sara Westhead said...

Those twists look yummy!

candigrl_cv said...

walnuts are my favorite
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candigrl_cv said...

i like Crusty Crunch: Use nuts instead of breadcrumbs for added flavor and nutrition. For example, grind some almonds and use them to make a crust for meat or fish. i think this is a wonderful and healthy way to eat..
Dorothy Boucher
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Stephanie Phelps said...

I love walnuts! :)

Stephanie Phelps said...

I Love her tip about twist on rice! Makes it so yummy

Romapr said...

I love almonds. Thanks!

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Romapr said...

I love her Crusty Crunch tip: Use nuts instead of breadcrumbs for added flavor and nutrition. For example, grind some almonds and use them to make a crust for meat or fish.. This is a great idea.

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Gina Ochsen said...

I love pecans - they are delicious and versatile!

Happy Holidays :)

Allyson Bossie said...

cashews are my favorite nut
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Allyson Bossie said...

I love Alex's idea of using crushed nuts to crust a meat instead of frying it!
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Sprinkle Dash said...

almonds and pistachios

Sprinkle Dash said...

Tip #9 Making a simple dessert with sugar and nuts.

MELINA said...

favorite type of nut is Cashews

Samantha D. said...

I love cashews

fallenangel said...

i love raw almonds

fallenangel said...

i love the Crusty Crunch tip! i try to avoid gluten, so substituting ground almonds for breadcrumbs is a perfect idea!

terri said...

i love all sorts of nuts but i think the pecan might be my all time favorite.

terri said...

i like the idea of using nuts in place of bread crumbs. i will definitely be trying that idea.

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HarleyC said...

Thanks for the recipe. They look GOOD!

Carmen said...

I love cashews.

Carmen said...

Flavorful French Toast: Coat slices of French toast with ground nuts just before browning the slices. This will add great flavor and texture.

Trish said...

Cashews, all the way!

Trish said...

Your quick and simple dessert tip is great!

dawn keenan said...

Macadamia nuts are my fav.

Jennifer Jordan said...

I love pecans

Jennifer Jordan said...

My favorite tip was using nuts instead of breadcrumbs when cooking

frvetere said...

cashews...
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Allison Downes said...

I love almonds

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Small Footprints said...

I'm especially fond of cashews ... they are yummy!
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Small Footprints said...

I like the tip to use nuts instead of breadcrumbs. What a great idea!
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Diane W said...

pistachios are my favorite nut.

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Diane W said...

Chef's recipe for Pecan stuffed mushrooms sounds awesome to me
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autumn grace said...

It varies gonna go with walnuts.............martha at berrycherry63@hotmail.com

sa cullum said...

I love hazelnuts the best

Marissa Poon said...

I don't really like most nuts, but my parents love all different kinds of nuts so I would love to win this for them. My favorite kind of nut is an ordinary peanut haha! I love all of Alex's tips, can't think of one favorite.

Lena said...

I love honey roasted cashews!

Sarah Z said...

Pecans are my fave!
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kathy55439 said...

almonds and pecans

Lori Hart said...

My favorite are cashews

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luckynordberg said...

I love pecans.

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McKim said...

I like cashews.

LesleyfromWI said...

I like cashews

LesleyfromWI said...

I like the Quick & Simple dessert tip

Robyn L said...

Walnuts would have to be my favorite. But love baking with pecans!

Deb said...

I love pecans

Deb said...

I like her idea of using nuts instead of bread crumbs for coating meats.

Catharine said...

Cashews

1porkchop said...

Cashews are my favorite

1porkchop said...

I like her tip "Fresh Twist on Rice" mainly because rice is so inexpensive.

tavernie said...

I love Pecans and Peanuts!!!
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tavernie said...

#10 adding nuts to salads!
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steve mccuan said...

i am a peanut lover

steve mccuan said...

best nut tip for me : Flavorful French Toast: Coat slices of French toast with ground nuts just before browning the slices. This will add great flavor and texture.

Leslie S. said...

We have 10 pecan trees so I really like pecans but I love cashews.

Christie said...

almonds are my absolute favorite.

Roach Kelley said...

i like cashews

Roach Kelley said...

I love the -Quick and Simple Dessert nut brittle idea--I am definitely going to try this

susan1215 said...

I love cashews

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lmurley2000 said...

i love pecans

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Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I love pecans.

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

My favorite tip is the upgraded spice rub one.

Erin Rok said...

Almonds are my favorite
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laurasloves said...

I love Pecans.
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Erin Rok said...

Favorite tip is the crusty crunch tip
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ellie said...

almonds are my favorite

mrssquigg said...

Toasted pecans are yumm!

mrssquigg said...

The tip about using nuts instead of bread crumbs as a topping.

Tracy Allen said...

Pecans are my favorite
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Tracy Allen said...

My favorite tips is to blend nuts into meat juices for sauce - I think/hope this will work well for Gluten Free folks
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azalea4150 said...

almonds!

Aimee Fontenot said...

I like pistachios and cashews.

Rene Hasselle said...

My favorite nuts are cashews.ginniebug1@gmail.com

Rene Hasselle said...

I like her tip on adding ground nuts to my spice rub for my meat.

elangomatt said...

Cashews are my favorite kind of nut, especially if they are only lightly salted. Most canned cashews are way too salty for my tastes.

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JBlanton said...

its a toss up between pecans and cashews

HarleyC said...

Weird as it may sound...a half teaspoon of peanut butter added toa pot of chili is REALLY good!

clynsg said...

Although I like most nuts, I think hazelnuts are my favorite.

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clynsg said...

I like the idea of using nuts to thicken the sauce on slow cooked meats.

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Amy Dalrymple said...

I like pecans best.

heatherhouse12 said...

Walnuts! Yummmm yum!

heatherhouse12 said...

I like her tips of not just using them on their own...they really can enhance the flavor of more things than pie!

Theresa N. said...

I love pecans.

Kathleen M Smith said...

I love cashews and pistachios.

Vikki Billings said...

I love Almonds and Pistachios

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Vikki Billings said...

I really like the Quick and Simple Dessert nut brittle idea and am hoping to try to make it myself!
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Tanya White said...

Almonds are my favorite

michedt said...

I like the tip "Savory & Sassy Sauces: Slow cooking a piece of meat? Add a few nuts to some of the cooking liquid, blend it smooth and pour it back into the rest of the cooking liquid to naturally enrich the flavor and thicken your sauce."
Michelle Tucker

michedt said...

My favorite nuts are cashews.
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Alisha L. said...

COMMENT FOR ANDREW L.

Pecans are my fave!

Alisha L. said...

COMMENT FOR ANDREW L.

My fave tip is to use nuts instead of breadcrumbs for coating.

Lisa M said...

cashew

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Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

Almonds are my favorite nut

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

Crusty Crunch tip is my favorite tip.

Brian E. said...

Thanks for the giveaway... walnuts !

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Brian E. said...

"Coat slices of French toast with ground nuts just before browning the slices."

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Bryan E.

LC said...

I love most nuts but pistachios are a fave!