Roasting hickory nuts in the shell is a great way to enhance their flavor and make them easier to crack open. Here's how to do it:
- Hickory nuts in the shell
- Salt (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Rinse the hickory nuts in cold water and pat them dry.
- Spread the hickory nuts out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- If desired, sprinkle a small amount of salt over the nuts.
- Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast the nuts for 20-30 minutes.
- Check the nuts frequently to make sure they are not burning. They are done when the shells start to crack and the nutmeats are fragrant and lightly browned.
- Remove the nuts from the oven and let them cool.
- Once the nuts are cool enough to handle, use a nutcracker to crack open the shells and enjoy the nutmeats inside.
Roasted hickory nuts are a delicious and healthy snack that can be enjoyed on their own or added to recipes such as salads, baked goods, or trail mixes.