I have a confession to make: I completely forgot to buy a gift for my son’s preschool teacher’s birthday in November....and I am the volunteer room parent. The preschool director sent me a nice, friendly reminder email. So, that night, I quickly hopped online and bought a gift card. But I wish I had remembered this recipe for these spicy pecans too! I had all the ingredients on-hand and could have “beefed up” that gift card. So, this one is going in my “quick recipes and gifts” folder. It’s a great gift and snack! But, be careful.. it can be quite yummy and addicting
This Spicy Pecans recipe is from the Earthbound Farms Cookbook “Food to Live By”. It’s another good recipe for the kids to help with by measuring ingredients, mixing spices or spreading the pecans on the baking sheet. It’s perfect for a hostess gift or holiday party. And if you don’t have pecans, this recipe will work with walnuts or almonds. Just make sure your gift recipient doesn’t have a nut allergy.
(Makes 2 1/2 cups)
2 T. Sugar
1/2 t. Salt
1/2 t. Ground cardamom
1/2 t. Ground cayenne pepper (I did leave this out when I made the recipe for the kids)
1/2 t. Ground coriander
1 T. Canola oil
1 large egg white
2 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) pecan halves
Place the sugar, salt, cardamom, cayenne and coriander in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add the oil and egg white and whisk until smooth. Add the pecans and stir to coat. Spread the pecans on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the pecans at 300 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until they are crisp and lightly browned. Let them cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Perfect on salads, as a healthy snack or for an appetizer. .
Nutritional benefits of pecans: healthy unsaturated fats, magnesium, protein, fiber.