Trickett's Grove walnuts are a great way to get your daily requirement of Omega-3 healthy oils. Try some of these tasty recipes to stop the tummy rumbles.
Walnut, Cinnamon & Fig Salami
This is like a Christmas truffle but in a log instead of in small balls. It’s so easy to have on hand in the refrigerator and just cut off a few slices to have with coffee or bubbles when friends come round.
1 cup walnut pieces
2 cups dried figs, chopped
1 cup pitted dates, chopped
1 cup candied peel
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate
1 cup icing sugar
Method Place walnuts, figs, dates, peel, cinnamon and chocolate in a food processor. Pulse the machine to mix and chop to a coarse consistency. It should be sticky enough to mould together but coarse enough to have distinct and interesting texture. Place a sheet of cling wrap on the bench and place about a third of the mixture in a compressed log along the middle of the wrap. Roll the wrap around the log and fold in the edges, then roll and press into a smooth roll. Just before serving, unwrap and dust with icing sugar. Repeat twice with the remaining dough. Refrigerate until required. To serve, slice thinly.
Easy to nibble with the extra flavours of rosemary and paprika, great as a snack served with drinks.
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
300 g walnut halves or pieces
3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground paprika
2 teaspoons salt
Method. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and melt the butter and oil in a large roasting pan, then add the nuts and toss lightly to coat. Spread out the nuts to form a single layer, then sprinkle with the rosemary, paprika and salt. Bake for 20–25 minutes, shaking frequently, until they are browned. Take care not to overcook them: they can easily be scorched and spoiled at this stage. Tip on to paper towels and allow to cool.
This is a classic French dish and is traditionally served on toast.
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
4 tablespoons olive oil
¾ cup walnut pieces
¾ cup pitted green olives
¾ cup pitted black olives
10 anchovy fillets
2 tablespoons capers
Put all ingredients into a food processor and whizz to a chunky or smooth consistency depending on your preference.
Chill for at least 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
Serve on pieces of toasted bread.
Walnut In The Middle
Chocolate walnut log or truffle with ginger and a tasty walnut crunch in the middle. Lovely with coffee.
Walnut halves (number depends on size of balls or logs)
300g walnut paste (or 300g of walnut pieces to make paste)
300g crystalized ginger
60g baking cocoa
Coconut or poppy seeds to coat
In a sieve, wash the crystallised ginger well to remove all the sugar. Put the ginger and cocoa into a blender and whizz briefly. Add the walnut paste and whizz again to from a dough-like paste. (If you can’t buy the paste make your own using walnut pieces in a food processor, cornflour or similar may need to be added for stiffness)
Form into balls with a walnut half in the middle of each ball. (Or shape into a log with walnut halves all along the middle so that when you slice it you will have some whole walnut in each piece.) Roll the balls or log in coconut or poppy seeds as desired.
Cover with cling wrap and chill in the refrigerator.
Walnut Stuffed Eggs
Attractive twist on an old recipe.
6 large eggs
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons walnuts, finely chopped
12 walnut halves
Method Hard boil the eggs and allow to cool completely. Shell the eggs and cut them in half. Remove yolks and mash with the mayonnaise, mustard and chopped walnuts. Fill the egg halves with the mixture and press a walnut half on top of each. Cover with cling wrap and chill until required
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