When people come for dinner, they know to arrive hungry! To stave off hunger before we eat, I put out small dishes of nuts to nibble on as we gather in the kitchen for the first hellos and catch-up conversation.
But so many "party nut" recipes are sugary. Instead, these are totally savory nuts, dark and sultry with just a touch of heat and only slightly addictive – okay that's a lie, they're totally addictive! Even at the last minute, throw roast some pecans in the oven for a quick appetizer or hostess gift.
"... quick, easy and turned out great. These will not last long..." ~ Julie
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
Set oven to 300F/150C.
Combine all ingredients except pecans. Add pecans and stir well to coat, really stirring to completely cover the pecans.
Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30 – 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or at room temperature.
MAKE-AHEAD Make the nuts ahead of time, then just before serving, warm in a 325F/160C oven for 5 – 6 minutes.
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