To awaken their full flavor, pine nuts are often toasted in a dry skillet or frying pan before use. Because of their rich oil content, they burn easily, so keep a close watch on them and toss them occasionally. Toast them just until they are lightly browned and release a nutty aroma.
Besides being a delicious snack, pine nuts can be used in a huge variety of sweet and savory dishes. Their most famous application in the US is probably as part of traditional pesto sauces. In addition being used as a pasta sauce, pesto is also a delicious condiment for sandwiches, poultry, pizza and seafood dishes.
Beyond pesto, try tossing pine nuts in salads, adding them to rice dishes (especially pilafs), and adding them to sauces for meats, pasta, fish or poultry.
The dessert applications for pine nuts are almost limitless. They can be used in tarts, cakes, pastry fillings, cookies (especially short bread) brittles, ice cream, etc. Try pairing them with fruit, buttery baked goods, cream, vanilla, and/or mascarpone cheese.Pine Nut Recipes