Sweet and Savoury Pine Nuts Sweet and Savoury Pine Nuts

Author: Canadian Living

Often found in various dishes on a New Year's Eve banquet table, pine nuts represent fecundity, traditionally granting diners “a hundred sons.” These nuts also make a terrific cocktail-party snack.

  • Portion size 2 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2002



Place nuts in bowl; set aside. In small saucepan, bring sugar, salt, cayenne and 1/4 cup (50 mL) water to boil over medium heat; boil for 2 minutes. Pour over nuts.

In skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; fry nut mixture, stirring constantly, until light golden, about 3 minutes. Drain in sieve. Scatter on large plate or parchment paper; let cool. Separate any nuts stuck together. (Make-ahead: Cover and store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)

Nutritional facts Per 2 tbsp (25 mL): about

  • Sodium 96 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 87.0
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 6 g


  • Iron 8.0
  • Folate 3.0
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Sweet and Savoury Pine Nuts