Spicy Salty Sweet Pecans

I like to give gifts that are useful … or edible.  I found this recipe on Martha Stewart’s website www.marthastewart.com/recipe/spiced-pecan-hostess-gift  There is even a link to print out recipe cards that I attached to my bag of pecans.  http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf3/tvs8847_spicedpecans.pdf

One time I made these nuts and accidentally forgot the cayenne!  I still liked them … just not as spicy.  This recipe is very flexible … you can easily adjust the spiciness and saltyness.  With Father’s Day around the corner … these could make a nice gift.

This is what you will need … unsalted pecans, pure maple syrup, coarse salt, crushed red pepper flakes, chili powder, cayenne and chili paste …

Mix all ingredients (except pecans and 1 teaspoon of salt) … then mix with pecans …

 

Spread nut mixture on parchment lined rimmed baking sheet … and bake …

Remove from oven and toss with remaining salt … let cool

 

Now package up for a pretty spicy gift!!!

Spiced Pecans

4 cups unsalted pecans

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

4 teaspoons coarse salt

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 teaspoon chili paste (from the Asian food section)

Preheat oven to 300º.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.  In a small bowl, mix syrup, 3 teaspoons of the salt, red pepper flakes, chili powder, cayenne and chili paste.  Pour over pecans and toss to coat.

Spread nuts in a single layer on paper lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven, toss with remaining teaspoon of salt and let cool.  Serve immediately or store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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When my friend’s parents came to visit her from India, they were so nice to bring several whole nutmeg for me.  As a thank you, I made these pecans for them.  Yesterday, I received this beautiful plate as a thank you for the pecans!  I am very fortunate to have such generous friends.

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