Pesto Pine Nuts

Very expensive and delicately flavored, pine nuts are also called pignoli and pinons. They are harvested from pine nuts and can be found inside the pine cone, a fact that I came to realize only after betting that they didn’t. Most of the pine nuts Americans use are the thin, subtler Italian variety, but a stronger variety is available in Asian markets.

Makes 2 cups.

2 cups lightly toasted pine nuts
3 tablespoons store-bought or homemade pesto
1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon kosher salt

1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.

2. Transfer the nuts to a large plate in a single layer and set aside to dry for at least 2 hours.

Not just for snacking: Sprinkle these on a simple pasta primavera to create a pesto influence or on spinach salad with orange slices.

From Party Nuts! 50 Recipes for Spicy, Sweet, Savory, and Simply Sensational Nuts That Will Be the Hit of Any Gathering (The Harvard Common Press, 2002)