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Almonds in beurre noisette

Written by Caroline SchiffPhotos by Andrew Bezek

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Almonds in beurre noisette

with sea salt, rosemary and black pepper

Notes from the Chef:

Nuts are a natural for cocktail parties. They’re easy to snack on and their salty, buttery quality goes great with dry, effervescent champagne. These are can made up to three days ahead of time and put out before guests arrive.

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2 full cups of nuts
Active time: 10 minutes
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4 Tbs unsalted butter
2-4 full sprigs of fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish
2 heaping cups raw almonds
2 tsp flakey sea salt, such as Maldon plus more for garnish
1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter until it begins to bubble.
  1. Add the rosemary and cook until sizzling and fragrant, about 1 minute.
  1. Add the almonds and lower the heat slightly, stirring frequently to help them toast evenly, about 5 minutes. Over this time the butter will begin to brown as well becoming “beurre noisette”, so called for its nutty flavor. Add the salt and pepper and mix to combine.
  1. Using a slotted spoon, scoop the nuts out of the butter and onto a paper towel lined plate. If making ahead of time, cool to room temperature and transfer to an airtight container.
  1. To serve, transfer to a bowl and top with more sea salt to taste. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

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About the Chef
Caroline Schiff is a chef based in Brooklyn, NY with a decade of experience in restaurants and bakeries. In May 2018 she launched her culinary consulting firm ParadigmSchiff, offering recipe and product development, menu consultations, concept development and corporate events. In winter 2019 Caroline will take on the role of Pastry Chef at the re-opening of Gage & Tollner, the legendary Brooklyn restaurant. She has been featured on Vice: Munchies, Food Network’s Beat Bobby FlayGenius Kitchen,, Hulu’s Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi and stars in the documentary series, Her Name Is Chef. Follow Caroline here: @pastryschiff.