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We've fallen hard for these versatile nut and spice mashups
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If you’ve ever found yourself unable to stop snacking on a bowl of smoked almonds or picking through a salad to find all the bits of a crunchy topping, then you know how addictive a toasty-spicy-nutty combination can be. Crushing roasted nuts and spices takes the combined ingredients to the next level by releasing their essential oils and, with them, intense flavors. The crush blends that follow can be used to produce tasty toppers for steamed or roasted vegetables, luscious crumbles for yogurt and fruit, spice crusts for tofu or cheese, and delicious dunks for bread.

October 2009 p.46

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Hazelnut and Pistachio Dukka

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Dukka is an Egyptian blend of nuts and spices that’s traditionally served as a bread “dip” with olive oil. You can also dust it over tofu steaks or add it to steamed greens.

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Toasted Fennel Spice Rub

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This spice “dust” adds depth to roasted vegetables and is especially good on sweet potatoes and eggplant. You can also use it to sprinkle over a bowl of soup or stir into hummus.

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Smokehouse Crushed Almonds

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Try this crush as a crust for goat cheese; sprinkle it on salads, broccoli, or green beans; or dust over grilled fruit for a spicy-sweet treat. For smoky flavor with less kick, use ancho chile powder instead of chipotle powder.

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Pumpkin Seed Brittle

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This easy topping is sure to impress guests as a dramatic finish for ice cream. For everyday use, crumble brittle over yogurt, or shower it over baby greens with pears and blue cheese.

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