There is nothing like the rich flavors and satisfying crunch of perfectly roasted almonds. Don't let their simple appearance fool you — these brined roasted almonds are a showstopper.
They are easy to prepare and they will elevate your snacking experience as well as add extra zing to your other recipes.
Why This Roasted Almonds Recipe Is A Must
I have always been excited by roasted almonds - almond maple granola and best easy granola (with almonds) are staples in my home. So naturally I was intrigued when I stumbled upon a recipe for brined roasted almonds in Joshua McFadden's cookbook, Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables.
Brining, a technique I had associated principally with meat, turns out to be a game-changer for almonds! I can confidently say I've made this recipe more times than I can count.
Four Reasons To Make Your Own Roasted Almonds
- Freshness Guaranteed: When you make your own roasted almonds you can ensure they're fresh and you will taste the difference!
- Perfectly Seasoned: You brine the almonds before roasting, giving you full control over the salt content. Say goodbye to finding salt at the bottom of the bag.
- They're Healthy: For decades, almonds have been hitting the top of the healthy food charts because they are packed with protein, fiber and beneficial monounsaturated fats.
- Freaking delicious!: You can't find almonds this good anywhere else. This is a glitch in the matrix recipe, where a tiny effort is rewarded with huge complexity and deliciousness.
Here's what you'll need to make roasted almonds. Simple ingredients, spectacular results!
- Kosher Salt: Preferably Morton or Diamond Crystal. The type of salt matters; see the note below for more details.
- Almonds: Skin on, raw, and unsalted. Opt for fresher and higher quality for best results.
- Water: The right amount ensures perfect brine salinity.
NOTE ON SALT: The same volume of two different salts can mean a huge difference in saltiness. For example, Morton is denser than Diamond Crystal. How much denser? The below picture shows how ¼ cup of Morton (left) is equal in weight to ⅓ cup of Diamond (right). This is a 30%+ difference! Refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for weights and volume.
How To Make Roasted Almonds
Transform bland almonds into perfectly salty treats in three simple steps:
1. Brine the almonds: Dissolve salt in boiling water and pour the resulting brine over the almonds. Let them soak up the brine for 25-30 minutes.
2. Roast the almonds: Drain the excess brine, spread the almonds on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake until perfectly roasted.
3. Wait then Enjoy: Allow the almonds to cool, listening to them comfortingly crackle in their skins like a gentle fire. Once at room temperature they're ready to eat or can be stored in an airtight container for up to three weeks.
After you learn how to make roasted almonds, you'll never go back to store-bought. These crunchy, perfectly salted, deeply flavorful homemade roasted almonds are epic.
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