Georgia Magazine - December 2020 - 34

GEORGIA Cooks

By H.M. Cauley

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Nut recipes that focus on flavor

Peanuts are a $2 billion industry in Georgia.
Peanuts are planted in 74 of Georgia's
159 counties, and farmers produced more
than 1.38 million tons of them in 2019.
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ot many recipe ingredients can boast the character of
a nut. Whether tree-grown or, like peanuts, technically
classified as legumes, nuts add flavor in unexpected
places. Linguine with chicken? Toss in some peanuts. Tartlet
crusts? Grind in almonds. Coffee cakes need a crunch? Top
with pecans.
Leslie Wagner, executive director of the Southern Peanut
Growers based in Canton, points to that crop's versatility.
" Peanuts are one of the few foods I can think of that can fit
in any meal-breakfast, lunch and dinner, " she says. " They work
with spicy, ethnic cuisine or as a snack with beer and chocolate.
You can dip apple slices in peanut butter or put it on celery. Peanuts are very portable and very affordable. "
Nuts serve up more than flavor, adding a nutritional boost
that's hard to beat. They provide not only fiber and protein but
also healthy fats and a range of vitamins and minerals.
" Nuts pack a huge punch nutritionally, " says Staci Willson,
whose family farm grows more than half a dozen pecan varieties
at Sunnyland Farms in Albany, where they are served by Mitchell
Electric Membership Corp. " And they're versatile. Everyone
thinks of pecans as a sweet ingredient, but they have savory uses
as well, from salads to encrusting fish or chicken. "
Along with selling pecans, the fourth-generation owners of
Sunnyland Farms have relationships with other premium nut
growers beyond Georgia. They sell almonds, hazelnuts and black
walnuts sourced from around the country as well as
cashews from Asia, and many of those products are featured in
the farm's pies, pralines, chocolate clusters and more.
Nuts also are easily turned into butters that boast uses
beyond toast toppings. Chamblee-based Georgia Grinders produces several nut butters, including four flavors of almond and
two of peanuts, along with hazelnut, cashew and pecan varieties
and pecan-peanut blends. The company's pecan butter garnered
the 2017 University of Georgia Food Product Contest grand prize.
Its Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Butter was a 2020 contest finalist.
" Nut butters are one of the most diverse pantry staples
because they can be used for baking, making sauces, adding to
smoothies-the possibilities are endless, " Georgia Grinders CEO
Jaime Foster says. " We don't add sugar or oils, so they're also
healthy and full of proteins that add an extraordinary amount
of flavor. "
Get cracking with the following tasty nut recipes.
H.M. Cauley is a freelance writer from Atlanta.


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