Pecan halves roasted with Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and savory spices. Dark, sultry and delicious. A great last-minute appetizer or hostess gift.
The holiday season can seem sugar-coated – candy canes, cookies, chocolate, Christmas cakes.
While hardly healthful, these spicy pecans will tickle another part of your palate. If you have pecans leftover from holiday baking, this is a good way to use them up. I’ve made Savory Pecans often – after baking, the brown-black nuts look nice in glass jars for hostess or last-minute holiday gifts. They’re also popular at parties and on buffet tables.
May your spirit of Christmas live on throughout the New Year!
Time to table: 45 minutes
Makes 2 cups
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 – 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
- 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups pecan halves
Combine all ingredients except pecans. Add pecans and stir well to coat. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 300F for 30 – 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or at room temperature. To make ahead and then reheat, warm in a 325F oven for 5 – 6 minutes.
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This 2002 column was first published online in 2008.
Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences.
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