Today was a great day though because as I was organizing my overstuffed recipe keepsake book, I came across it. Yes, finding this recipe definitely killed my mission of organizing and redefined a new mission instantly: Must make Salty, Sweet Maple Walnuts. There now, brain reprogrammed or short circuited if you want to call it that. My recipe book still looks like hell, but now I know where my Salty, Sweet Maple Walnuts recipe is: mission accomplished.
This recipe is Michael Chiarello's version, only difference is the extra sprinkling of salt at the end. He's the host of Food Network's Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello. Do like I did and try a small batch first to test the recipe. Depending upon your stovetop burners and the pan that you use, you don't want to overcook a full batch, even though they will still taste delicious, just won't be as pretty.
Walnuts and Maple Syrup are just that, walnuts and maple syrup. But salt is not just salt when you look at the many varieties of artisanal salts available. I used HimalaSalt, which came in the shape of a cube called the "Zen Cube". It is a beautiful pink color and I purchased it some time ago from my local Fresh Market grocery store. It is salty-sweet which to me is perfect for this recipe. Nevermind if you don't have this on hand and/or don't want to purchase it, any salt will do and will taste delicious.
Make them and if you have any ideas about what else to use them in combination with, please add them in the comment section at the end of this post. I would love to try a new recipe of yours and other readers would too.
Salty-Sweet Maple Walnuts
Servings: Makes 2 cups
Hardware required: Medium sized skillet. Nonstick would probably be great, but I used regular stainless steel. Baking sheet for cooling.
2 cups of halved Walnuts
1/3 Cup of REAL Maple Syrup
1/8 Tsp Salt (plus a little more to lightly sprinkle over when done.)