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Roasted almonds are never lacking on my comfort food list. Not just a healthy snack but a real food for the soul to take with you to work, to be consumed while watching your favorite series or chatting with friends.
Roasted almonds are available everywhere but do you want to compare the pleasure of preparing a delicious fast break at home in a few minutes? The scent given off by toasted almonds is, in itself, comforting.
Select almonds, preferably local, to ensure freshness and the right crunchy texture. Purchased directly from the producer, almonds are (usually) a guarantee of quality, especially if that producer, the company and his territory have a story to tell.
If you buy at the supermarket, you prefer vacuum packed almonds, checking the geographical area of origin and expiry date.
100 g of almonds are sufficient for the preparation of a gluten-free snack), with a high nutritional value.
The Extra virgin olive oil, strictly artisanal, is a key choice to enhance the taste of freshly baked almonds and give that rich and melting flavor. My suggestion is Agrestis organic EVOO which excellently expresses the flavors of the land of Sicily.
Once the whole almonds have been toasted, in a preheated oven, at 180 ° (350 ° F / Gas 4), let them cool. In a bowl, pour 3/4 tablespoons of EVOO, add a pinch of salt, a sprig of well-chopped fresh rosemary and emulsify the ingredients well together. Add the almonds, mixing carefully. Serve immediately.
A wine that goes well with this proposal comes from France (A.O.P. Beaujolais), Beaujolais Nouveau 2021 – Baronne du Chatelard, and is young, fresh, with a pleasant and well balanced sip with a “non aggressive and pleasant tannin”.