The Many Variations Of Roasted Pecans


roasted pecansRoasted pecans are a wonderful treat to have laying around the house.  They can have a variety of flavors, and also make great gifts for neighbors, friends and family, the mailman.  Really, anyone you can think of that deserves a thank you, a gift or a small, delicious treat.  Here we have listed some of the many variations of roasted pecans that you can make at home for yourself.

Simple Roasted Pecans

Simple roasted pecans go great on a salad.  To make them at home, you will need to preheat your oven to 300 degrees, and then lay one pound of pecan halves on a cookie sheet. Place 4 tablespoons of butter on top of the pecans, by simply cutting off small pieces and laying on top of the pecans. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and then bake for 10 minutes and then stir. Cook 10 more minutes, making sure the pecans do not get too browned.  Cool slightly and serve or store in an airtight container.

Old Fashioned Roasted Pecans

This recipe will bring back some nostalgia.  Begin by greasing a cookie sheet and preheating the oven to 225 degrees.  Combine an egg white with 1 tablespoon of water, beating until fluffy.  Mix in 2 ½ cups pecan halves.  In another bowl, combine ½ cup white sugar with 1/4teaspoon salt, then add in 1 ½ teaspoons  ground cinnamon.  Coat the pecans with the sugar mixture, and then place on the baking sheet. Cook for about one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Pecans will be done when they are lightly toasted and very fragrant. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Spicy And Sweet Roasted Pecans

Talk about getting the best of both words!  These pecans will leave you wanting more.  To make, preheat oven to 400 degrees, and spread 2 cups pecan halves on a baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes.  In a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cumin, 2 teaspoons chili powder, ½ teaspoon cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon ginger.  Remove the nuts from the oven and place in bowl with seasoning. Add 3 tablespoons melted butter and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Toss to coat the pecans, then cool.  Serve or store in an airtight container.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Roasted Pecans

Yum is all I can say about this recipe.  Begin by preheating oven to 250 degrees.  Grease a cookie sheet. Beat one egg white in a bowl till light and fluffy, then fold in 3 ½ cups pecan halves. In another bowl, mix together 2/3 cup white sugar, ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ginger, a pinch of cayenne pepper and a dash of allspice.  Add the sugar mixture to the pecans, stirring to get every pecan coated. Spread on cookie sheet, then bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. They will be done when the pecans are dry and the sugar does not come off when touched.  Cool and store in an airtight container.

Honey Roasted Pecans

If you are looking for a simple recipe for roasted pecans, this one only uses two ingredients.  Begin by heating the oven to 350 degrees and placing pecan halves (2 cups) onto a cookie or baking sheet.  Roast for 13 to 15 minutes, then remove from oven and place in a saucepan.  Add ¼ cup honey to the pan and cook for 4 to 6 minutes over medium heat until the mixture simmers and foams. Transfer back to the baking sheet, break apart the pecans, and cool. Store in an airtight container.

Roasted pecans have many great variations.  Salty, sweet, spicy, even chocolate.  These recipes are very easy to make.  They can be used as a snack, appetizer or placed in salads or desserts.  The recipes all require minimum ingredients, so go ahead and make a batch today.

This article is written by Tracy who is a travel and food blogger known for her unique recipes she occasionally publishes on her blog.

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