These roast spiced pecans are buttery and delicious. A fantastic way to dress up a cheese platter, salad or just enjoy while sitting around the campfire.

There are over 1000 varieties of pecans and 80-95% of the world’s pecan haul grows right here in the states. The United States has an annual crop of 150-200 thousand tons of pecans harvested from over 10 million trees. Fun fact, some trees harvested every year during pecan season range in age from 100 to 200 years old.

Here is the link to some upcoming Pecan Festivals in 2020.

Pecan Health Facts

According to I Love Pecans the health benefits from eating just  1 ounce of pecans provides 10% of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Pecans contain over 19 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc.  Pecans are naturally sodium-free, making them an excellent choice for those on a salt- or sodium-restricted diet. The American Heart Association has certified pecans as a heart healthy food so eat up!

Holidays and More

Could you imagine Thanksgiving without a pecan pie? Or what about trail mix, that delicious snack packed full of dried fruit and nuts?  Arugula salad is delicious with the addition of pecan pieces, and roasted root vegetables with a crunchy pecan topping are delicious and a crowd pleaser.  Southern dishes like pecan crusted fried catfish, pecan crunch hush puppies, and who can forget the iconic sweet confection praline.

A Delicious Pair

Cheese and pecans are a natural perfect flavor combination here are a few suggestions for you.

  • Pecans and Brie–it’s a combo of crunchy and creamy the spiced pecan recipe below is a perfect compliment to that rich buttery cheese.
  • Smoked Gouda and Pecans- this sliceable cheese is excellent with the natural buttery flavor of pecans.
  • Goat Cheese and Pecans- the incredible balance of creamy and crunch. Goat cheese is excellent in a salad that you top with pecans and as a soft cheese you include on your appetizer platter.

Gifts Galore

Are you looking to make the perfect gift for friends and family? What about a hostess gift or a welcome to the neighborhood gift for a new homeowner? The possibilities are endless, all you need is a small mason jar a bit of fabric to dress the lids up and a hand-written note. I hope you enjoy this recipe, it comes together in a short amount of time and will deliver layers of flavor.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/3 light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat over to 300 degrees F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and spray with non stick spray, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, cayenne, sea salt, chopped rosemary and ground cinnamon, set aside. 
  3. In a small bowl, whisk 1 egg white and vegetable oil together. Add the spice mixture to the egg mixture and whisk until combined.
  4. Pour the egg and spice mixture over the pecans and mix well until the pecans are coated.  Pour the spiced pecans out onto the oiled parchment paper, spread the pecans in an even layer. 
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring the pecans twice during the baking time. Remove from the oven and allow to cool, lift the nuts from the parchment paper while they cool to prevent sticking. 
  6. Serve right away or once cooled store in a container with a lid, use within 3 days.

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