The following recipe from Sandhill Crane Vineyards in Jackson is perfect for holiday entertaining — even if you’re just entertaining your own household or participating in a virtual celebration.
2 cups walnuts
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
Additional maple syrup
Fresh strawberries or grapes (optional)
Preheat a dry skillet over medium-high heat. Add the walnuts, maple syrup and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until syrup is caramelized and nuts are toasted, about five to eight minutes. Pour on a piece of baking parchment and let cool.
To serve: Place a small slice of brie on an individual plate. Top with 7-10 walnuts. Drizzle with a small amount of maple syrup. Garnish with fresh fruit (optional). Serve with Sandhill Crane Vineyards’ Sugar Snow dessert wine.
Note: These maple-glazed walnuts make a great snack. When making them for a snack, you might want to sprinkle them with some additional coarse salt while they’re still hot.