Have you ever wondered how to roast hazelnuts?
Luckily, it’s a very easy process!
Did you know that hazelnuts come from the hazel tree?
Several countries around the world cultivate the hazel and produce hazelnuts today, with Turkey being one of the largest producers.
Hazelnuts are often used in making confectionery, baked goods, as well as enhancing other savory dishes.
They can be eaten roasted or raw.
I definitely prefer eating them toasted, especially on salads.
Hazelnuts have many health benefits including the ability to help reduce the risk of cancer.
They can also be good for your heart, bones, skin and digestive health.
Vitamins B and E, magnesium and calcium are all contained in the mighty hazelnut.
The same as most nuts, raw hazelnuts have a high fat content.
Which means that storing them in the fridge will extend their lives and keep them from becoming rancid.
For roasted hazelnut storage, place in an airtight container and freeze for up to a year.
How to Roast Hazelnuts
So why would we roast our hazelnuts?
Roasting hazelnuts enhances their flavor and can also give them a nicer color.
When you roast hazelnuts, it also loosens the skin which makes it much easier to peel them.
It is a very easy and straightforward process.
Preheat your oven and place hazelnuts evenly on a baking sheet.
Bake them for roughly 15 minutes stirring once.
Remove from the oven and let them sit for a minute.
Then put your hazelnuts into a clean kitchen towel to remove the skins from them.
How to Remove Skin from Hazelnuts
Once the hot roasted hazelnuts are wrapped in the kitchen towel, get ready for a little elbow grease!
Rub the nuts together vigorously in the towel, and you’ll notice that the skins will begin to crumble off.
Not all the skins will come off but most will.
Remove your hazelnuts from the towel and allow to cool completely before enjoying them.
Roasted Hazelnuts Recipe
- 1 cup Hazelnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit (176ºC)
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place hazelnuts in a single layer on the baking sheet, and bake.
- Toast hazelnuts for 15-20 minutes.
- Once done, wrap the hot hazelnuts in a kitchen towel.
- Let sit for 1 minute.
- Vigorously rub the nuts while inside the towel.
- Open the towel to remove the skinless hazelnuts.
- Let hazelnuts cool completely.
Nutrition Per Serving
Hazelnuts are a really delicious and versatile ingredient to use in cooking.
Aside from salads, my favorite dishes to use roasted hazelnuts in are desserts.
I wanted to share with you a really nice, simple sweet dish using your roasted hazelnuts.
Pineapple and Hazelnut on the Grill Recipe
Pineapple and Hazelnut on the Grill
- Mix maple syrup with the butter.
- Brush pineapple rounds with the butter and syrup mix.
- Grill for 5 to 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the pineapple pieces.
- Remove when done, brush again with butter and syrup mixture and sprinkle with the hazelnuts.