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Hazelnut Recipes That Aren't For Dessert

Hazelnuts aren't just for dessert.
11/24/2014 07:00am ET | Updated November 28, 2014

Despite what Nutella freaks may tell you, hazelnuts are not just for dessert. Yes, hazelnuts and chocolate are a match made in heaven and yes, their rich, nutty flavor can turn a tired torte into a masterpiece. We love hazelnut gelato and think hazelnut tiramisu is pretty genius. We know, however, that there is so much more to this little nut than its confectionary confines would have you believe. Roasted hazelnuts can impart a buttery savoriness to everything from soups to meat dishes. Whole or chopped up, they can transform an otherwise simple salad into a satisfying, hearty plate. If you aren't yet familiar the savory side of this rich nut, it's time broaden your hazelnut horizons.

This fall we've been decorating kale salads and garnishing pastas with hazelnuts, and we're only getting started. We'll be roasting them with Brussels sprouts and bacon, and making wintery pestos with them too. The one trick you have to master when cooking with hazelnuts is removing the skins. The most common way to peel hazelnuts is to roast them, put them in a towel and then vigorously rub them together. The loosened skin will shake right off. Inevitably, some skin will stay on and you'll either have to pick it off one by one or be satisfied with a few skins. They add texture! Another method for removing the skin is to boil hazelnuts in water and baking soda, and then plunge them into cold water before peeling the skins off. Either way, it's worth the effort. Here are 23 savory hazelnut recipes to prove it:

1
Brown Butter Brussels Sprouts Pasta With Hazelnuts
Two Peas And Their Pod
2
Sausage And Sage Stuffing With Dried Cranberries And Toasted Hazelnuts
Spoon Fork Bacon
3
Kale Basil Hazelnut Pesto
Jeanette's Healthy Living
Get the Kale Basil Hazelnut Pesto recipe from Jeanette's Healthy Living
4
Kale, Cabbage, And Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad
Food52
5
Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon And Toasted Hazelnuts
Ambitious Kitchen
6
Orzo Salad With Scallions, Hazelnuts And Golden Raisins
Food52
7
Pomegranate Hazelnut Holiday Salad With Maple Bacon Dressing
Lauren's Latest
8
Barley Risotto With Asparagus And Hazelnuts
Alexandra Cooks
9
Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges With A Sage Hazelnut Pesto
Food52
10
Mussels With Hazelnut Gremolata
bell'allimento
Get the Mussels With Hazelnut Gremolata recipe from bell'allimento
11
Pumpkin Ravioli With Hazelnut Brown Butter Sauce And Balsamic Drizzle
Will Cook For Friends
12
Brussels Sprouts And Farro Salad With Hazelnuts And Goat Cheese
Completely Delicious
13
Cod With Roasted Hazelnut Browned Butter
Steamy Kitchen
14
Shaved Asparagus And Mint Salad
Food52
Get the Shaved Asparagus And Mint Salad recipe by Meatballs&Milkshakes from Food52
15
Maple And Hazelnut Encrusted Pork Sirloin Tip Roast
Adventures In Cooking
16
Celery, Blue Cheese And Hazelnut Salad
Simply Recipes
17
Quinoa Salad With Hazelnuts, Apple And Dried Cranberries
Food52
Get the Quinoa Salad With Hazelnuts, Apple And Dried Cranberries recipe by darksideofthespoon from Food52
18
Spätzle with Sage Butter, Parmesan And Toasted Hazelnuts
Food52
19
Kale Salad With Apples And Hazelnuts
Food52
Get the Kale Salad With Apples And Hazelnuts recipe by Amanda Hesser from Food52
20
Cherry-Hazelnut (Yeast) Bread
fiveandspice
Get the Cherry-Hazelnut (Yeast) Bread recipe from fiveandspice
21
Roasted Cauliflower And Hazelnut Salad
Eggton
22
Mascarpone Spinach Pasta
Macheesmo
Get the Mascarpone Spinach Pasta recipe from Macheesmo
23
Fig Hazelnut And Ricotta Crostinis
Spoon Fork Bacon
Get the Fig Hazelnut And Ricotta Crostinis recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon

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