Simple Twists For Cooking With Nuts From Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Fisher Nuts PLUS Prize Pack GIVEAWAY

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The holidays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to break out the roasting pans and make an extra trip (or two) to the baking aisle. Fisher Nuts is teaming up with Food Network Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a regular judge on Chopped, to make your holiday cooking a bit easier and offer you some simple twists for cooking with nuts during the holidays.

The almonds are essential to this dish because they bring out the sweetness we don’t realize green beans have. Toasting the almonds also adds a richer flavor. If time permits, chill the green beans a little with the dressing and toss in the almonds at the last second so they retain their crunch.” — Alex Guarnaschelli

Green Bean and Almond Salad


  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Juice of ½ to a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon capers, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of brine (liquid) from the jar of capers
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed
  • ½ cup Fisher® Slivered Almonds, lightly toasted


  1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the vegetable oil. Add the slivered almonds and stir them in the pan until they are golden brown.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, lemon juice and Sherry vinegar. Add the capers, caper juice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Taste for seasoning. Set aside.
  3. Bring a large pot (enough to hold about 6 quarts of water) to a boil. Add salt until it tastes like mild seawater. How will you know? Take a little water with a spoon and taste a drop of it.
  4. Prepare an ice bath by filling a bowl large enough to hold the green beans with cold water. Add some ice cubes and put a colander in the middle of the bowl. Stir the green beans into the boiling water and allow them to cook, 2-3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the water, transferring them immediately to the colander inside the ice bath. Allow them to sit in the ice bath for a few minutes, swirling them gently in the water to assure they are all cooling in the cold water.
  5. Transfer the green beans to a kitchen towel spread on a flat surface and thoroughly dry them. Transfer them to a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and toss with the vinaigrette and the toasted almonds. Serve immediately.

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Disclosure: I am working with Fisher to share Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s recipes. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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    kristy says:

    I like to use nuts in my salads..especially pecans

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    Tonya Dean says:

    cranapple casserole with pecans


  3. 103
    Cindy Munkelt says:

    pumpkin bread with pecans

  4. 104
    Sherry Eckman says:

    I make an awesome salad using pine nuts!

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    Nicole C. says:

    Pecan Pie

  8. 108
    Desiree Dunbar says:

    I like using slivered almonds in rice pilaf.

  9. 109
    carol lewis says:

    I make almond bread with cocoa and honey because we can’t eat grains

  10. 110
    Kenya J says:

    I love making pecan pie.

  11. 111

    I like snowball cookies. :)
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  12. 112
    sandy says:

    I love making peanut brittle at christmas!

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  13. 113
    Janel says:

    pecan cookies

  14. 114
    Karen Gonyea says:

    I love to put walnuts in a jello salad :)

  15. 115
    erica says:

    brownies with nuts!

  16. 116
    Barbara Stenby says:

    Walnut Almond chocolate chip brownies

  17. 117
    Sarah S says:

    Upside down pumpkin pie.

  18. 118
    mary gardner says:

    chocolate chip cookies with walnuts

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  19. 119
    Judy L says:

    walnuts in chocolate chip cookies

  20. 120
    Lisa says:

    I like to make nut based pestos

  21. 121
    Amy DeLong says:

    chocolate chips

  22. 122
    Brittney House says:

    banana nut bread

  23. 123
    Amy Carlson says:

    Chocolate chip cookies

  24. 124
    Richard Hicks says:

    like to make pecan pies

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  25. 125
    Charlene says:

    I put nuts in my homemade pie crust :)

  26. 126
    jenny says:

    I like making banana nut muffins

  27. 127
    Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I like Chicken and Cashews!

  28. 128
    Min says:

    brownies with walnuts

  29. 129
    Rebecca says:

    Waldorf salad

  30. 130
    Virginia Rowell says:

    A nice pumpkin roll with nuts!

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    Samantha Meyer says:

    Home made nut bars

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    Cassandra M says:

    pecan pie and banana nut bread

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    Laurie Emerson says:

    I love making my grandma’s Pecan Pie.

  35. 135
    Vikki Billings says:

    I use nuts in my banana nut bread recipe.

  36. 136
    Lentil says:

    I make magic cookie bars using sweetened condensed milk, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips and WALNUTS!

  37. 137
    Sarah Harding says:

    Have to have nuts in my chocolate chip cookies

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    Breanne says:

    Banana Nut Bread

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    Bryan E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… almond cookies

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    Buddy Garrett says:

    Chocolate Walnut Brownies is my favorite.

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