Toasting brings out the flavor of nuts, gilding their color and adding crunch. Cheeses with a nutty flavor, like Beaufort, pair well with both almonds and walnuts, while Stilton is a classic with walnuts. Serve with a cluster of grapes or slices of pear or apple.
Spread the nuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Place in the oven and toast, stirring several times, until fragrant and starting to turn golden, about 10 minutes. Pour onto paper towels and let cool to room temperature.
Transfer to a bowl to serve. The nuts will keep, stored in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to 1 week.
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