Who says you have to eat your macadamia nuts in your favorite white chocolate chip cookie? The macadamia nut is considered one of the prime edible nuts due to its sweet, rich and fruitful flavor. As such, the most common use of the nut is in dessert recipes. However, the same rich, delectable flavor is enjoyable as a roasted, salty or buttery snack for times when you’re not in the mood for the nut in a cookie.
Things You'll Need
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, temperatures may vary based on elevation; however, a range between 225 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit is sufficient for roasting your macadamia nuts.
Combine a mixture of water, salt and melted butter in the spray bottle. The amount of each is up to you. You can use varying proportions of each to make the water mixture salty, buttery or neither.
Place the nuts of a similar size on your baking sheet. If you roast various sizes on the same sheet, there is a risk of burning the smaller ones while undercooking the larger nuts.
Place the nuts in the oven. Roast them for approximately 10-15 minutes. Closely monitor them, as anything beyond a golden brown will result in scorched nuts.
Remove the nuts from the oven when they reach the golden brown you desire. Of course, this will vary depending on personal preference, as well as the amount of butter and salt used. Keep in mind, they will continue to roast out of the oven for a few moments longer.
Let the nuts cool completely before storing them in a dry container.
You will want to keep your nuts in a dry, cool place until you are ready to roast them.
Roasting times will vary depending on the size and moisture of the nut. Monitoring the nuts closely is best advised to ensure even roasting throughout the baking sheet.
If salt is not your favorite seasoning, you can mix the flavor up by adding Cajun spices, cayenne or any other variety of seasoning or spice. You can add sugar, cinnamon or honey if you are looking for a quick dessert.
References and ResourcesMacnuts.org: Gold Crown Macadamia Association - Roasting Macadamia Nuts
CRFG.Org: Macadamia Fruit Facts