Yesterday, I needed to make a good old-fashioned cheese platter. I think a good cheese platter only needs 3 different types of cheese to make a stunning presentation: a hard cheese (the Manchego), a blue (Humboldt Fog), and a soft cheese (double cream brie) served with an assortment of crackers, or sliced sourdough bread.
I wanted the platter to include sweet and savory items to accompany the cheeses. Since I already had the pickled figs and strawberry-fig jam, I decided to make spicy walnuts to add a little something extra. They are so easy!
Candied Walnuts are incredibly easy to make:
1 C. powdered sugar
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. salt
1 lb. walnut pieces
Blanch walnuts for 3 minutes in boiling water. I can’t say I’m ‘allergic’ to walnuts, but they make my mouth feel weird, a so I avoid eating them. However, blanching them seemed to neutralize the walnuts so this extra step was well worth it.
Drain the nuts well. Add walnuts to the powdered sugar mixture making sure to evenly coat. Spread walnuts in one layer on a sheet pan that’s been coated with a non-stick spray. Bake at 350 until walnuts are golden brown ( Unfortunately, I went a little past that stage). Let cool on the pan, or remove to a rack to continue cooling. Cool completely.
The gorgeous finished product.
A cracker with a little blue cheese, a candied walnut, and some fig preserves…so yummy!