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Almonds with Parmesan, Rosemary & Fennel

Featured in our 2017 Christmas Guide
Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 3 cups.

A combination of blanched and skin-on almonds gives this mix great eye appeal.


  • Olive oil for the pan
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 lb. (1-1/2 cups) blanched almonds
  • 1/2 lb. (1-1/2 cups) skin-on almonds

Nutritional Information

      Nutritional Sample Size per 1/4 cup
      Calories (kcal) : 240
      Fat Calories (kcal): 180
      Fat (g): 20
      Saturated Fat (g): 2
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 13
      Cholesterol (mg): 5
      Sodium (mg): 480
      Carbohydrates (g): 8
      Fiber (g): 4
      Protein (g): 11


  • Heat the oven to 300°F. Line a jellyroll pan with foil and spray or brush lightly with olive oil.
  • Grind the rosemary, salt, fennel, and pepper in a spice mill to a fine powder, or mince the rosemary and grind the mixture in a mortar and pestle. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until they foam. Add the spices and cheese. Whisk again to combine. Add the nuts, stirring and tossing to thoroughly coat them. Spread them in a single layer on the foil-lined pan. Bake for 45 min., stirring every 15 min. to redistribute the coating. The nuts will stick to the foil at first and need to be gently pried loose to expose them evenly to the heat. Slide the nuts, on the foil, onto a rack to cool.
  • Store in screw-top jars or airtight tins; plastic may cause the crisp coating to soften.


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