Almonds are a versatile nut that can be transformed into many delicious things. We'll show you how to toast slivered almonds to help bring out their flavor.
Raw almonds are delicious on their own, but did you know you could improve their flavor? Toasting them draws their natural oils to the surface which enhances the flavor and also adds some crunch. By toasting slivered almonds before eating, you can enhance the taste and texture of any recipe. It doesn’t take long, but can make such a difference. You can find them in almost every supermarket, just make sure they’re organic.
Toasting Slivered and Sliced Almonds
Unless you need a large amount of toasted nuts for a recipe, it’s easiest to toast them on the stove. Here’s how to do it:
- Add the slivered or sliced almonds to a dry skillet pan on the stovetop. Shake until the nuts are spread out in a single layer.
- Heat over medium heat.
- Once you smell the nuts toasting, toss the nuts to turn them over, and shake to flatten them into a single layer.
- Continue tossing and shaking until all sides of the almonds are golden brown, approximately 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and pour the almonds onto a plate to cool.
- Store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or use them straight away.
Tip: Keep an eye on the stove when toasting almonds. Due to their aromatic oils, they can go from nicely toasted to burnt in a split second.
How to Use Toasted Almonds
Toasted almonds have a wide variety of uses that range from sweet to savory. If you’re looking for inspiration, consider:
- Adding them to fresh salads
- Sprinkling toasted almonds on roasted or sautéed vegetables
- With breakfast mixed into overnight oats or on homemade yogurt
- Desserts like chocolate mousse, cheesecake, or Lebkuchen
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