Dry-roasting may not be one of the most used cooking techniques you’d employ in your kitchen adventures. It IS, however, one of the simplest and most effective, as it doesn’t require any helping ingredient (such as oil) to be added to the pan. (Some would even say to an oven-safe dish, and we’d agree.)
Although dry-roasting takes only a few minutes, it makes all the difference as far as flavor is concerned. Nuts and seeds are especially suitable for this method of upgrading the taste of the humblest of ingredients in the easiest way possible. So, whether you use the skillet or the oven, dry-roasting can make your pestos and seasonings to really stand out. Not to mention this is the core technique in the preparation of a delicious sunflower seed halva!
5 recipes with nuts and seeds that call for dry-roasting
Have you ever tried halva? Actually, there are various types of halva and they are all delicious! You can easily make a simple sunflower seed halva yourself! It doesn’t require much in the way of skill. It’s all about dry-roasting sunflower seeds, mixing them with powdered sugar and butter, flavoring them with vanilla extract, and then forgetting them in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. The actual time spent in the kitchen: about 15 minutes.
For this salad, tossing healthy Romaine lettuce, carrot, and spring onion in a bowl is just part of the fun. The dressing is the real highlight here because we mixed strong umami ingredients like wasabi, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil. This is real “health in a bowl” or should we say, “health in a glass”? Because we’ve chosen to serve it in glasses rather than bowls.
This salad combines in a valiant way sweet and sour. Mix juicy pear slices and honey with baby spinach and pomegranate seeds. Toss these together with crunchy roasted walnuts, tangy vinegar, and mustard.
You cannot say no to finger-licking ribs. Especially when served with a cheesy homemade pesto sauce. These ribs should also be hot and spicy so spike them with chili, paprika, and the like. Finger-food to remember.
We’ve used as many nuts as we could find for this tart, and we don’t regret a thing! The tart is bursting with walnuts, almonds, and macadamia nuts. Also, we’ve added some raisins to the mix to bring some more sweetness. Plus the homemade caramel sauce on top does absolute wonders!