I tossed together a quick salad for some friends awhile back, and they were raving about how delicious it was. I thought, well, thank you, but please don’t go out of your way because it seriously took me like ten minutes. But what did it for them was the Candied Almond Slices.
These little almonds can kind of take any salad over the top, in my opinion. They asked me how to make ’em. I thought, I dunno, I just throw some in a pan with some sugar and fry ’em up. And folks, it’s really that easy. But I thought it might be worth sharing because there are a few different techniques to mix it up. For example, sometimes I use brown sugar, sometimes white. Sometimes I add a little butter for chewiness, sometimes a splash of vanilla. You really can’t mess ’em up unless you seriously don’t stir them at all and let the sugar burn. Then okay, that’s probably gonna be a little stinky and a little messy to clean up.
I get a lot of inspiration for my salads from Cafe Zupas and Kneaders – two locally started chains that are beginning to spread like wildfire – because they are amazing! I would have to say a couple favorites where I would definitely use these candied almond slices are the Nuts About Berries from Zupas and the Chicken ala Mondo from Kneaders. Mmmmmm. So hungry….. Is it bad to have salad cravings at 11 pm?
Candied Almond Slices
- 1/2 cup almond slices
- 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar or white granulated sugar
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Add almonds, sugar, and cinnamon to a medium pan.
Toast over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly.
You can tell that the almonds are done when you start to smell a toasted nut flavor and the sugar melts completely, coating the nuts.
Spread nuts out on waxed paper to cool.
Dress It Up:
For a more chewy coating, melt a small slice of butter in pan before adding the rest of the ingredients.
For a little more flavor, throw a splash of vanilla into pan with other ingredients.
Brown sugar also results in a chewier almond with a little richer flavor. However, equally good is granulated sugar which gives a fine, crunchy coating.
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