Monday, November 14, 2011

Naughty and Nice Pecans - A Little Spice and a Whole Lot of Sweet



Part of the magic for me growing up
during special holiday meals was having
appetizers.  Appetizers weren't a part of
our every day lives.  My aunt had a whole
table of appetizers for her holiday meal
and it made it feel so special.


These sweet and spicy pecans
would be perfect for a part of your
appetizer table, or they would make
a simple and easy hostess gift as
you enjoy the holidays.

Many years ago someone sent us
a package of similarly spiced pecans from Texas.
I couldn't get enough of them, so I
tried to recreate their sweet savory combination.



Naughty and Nice Pecan Recipe

In small saucepan bring  to a boil
1 C. water
1/4 C. sugar

Add 2 C. pecans.

Boil for 3 minutes and then drain.

Meanwhile in a small bowl mix:
1 T. sugar
1/2 T. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cajun seasoning

Toss the spices with the drained pecans.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and
bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.  Let cool
and let sit uncovered overnight to dry out.


Enjoy a little savory with your sweets this
holiday season.

I will be posting this with
Jacqueline
Jacqueline

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35 comments:

  1. These look great! I've got to try them.

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  2. I love to make sweet and spicy nuts for the holidays. They are perfect as part of your appys or as gifts. They sure do not last long! xo

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  3. What a wonderful little Christmas gift and so easy to make. I think I will have to try this!
    Candy

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  4. These look very tasty. I grew up with appetizers too, more savoury than sweet but I like to serve nuts when guests are over.
    Judith

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  5. What can I say other than yummy!

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  6. They look so delicious! What a great hostess gift!

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  7. Yes they sound like some of our tried and trues.. such nice nibbles..Love your presentation.Just so pretty.

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  8. I'm not too fond of spicy, but these look good! I have a recipe for pecans that are SWEET! Oh how I LOVE them. I will have to post about them soon. XO, Pinky

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  9. I will try these.....it seems to be delicious !!...love from me....♥.. ♥... ♥....

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  10. Pecans are my favorite..just plain..but I would be crazy for them like this..YUM! :D

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  11. YUM!!!! I just love pecans of all kinds! This weekend we went to LBJ Ranch & ate pecans from the orchard there. Thanks for sharing. Charlene

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  12. I'll bet these are amazing Jacqueline! I love little sweet/heat treats like this:@)

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  13. Mmm, you don't have to convince me. These are fab!

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  14. Oh wow Jacqueline these look yummooooo :)

    xo~Mari

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  15. I've heard of these, but didn't know how to make them...thanks so much!

    XO,
    Jane

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  16. I'm making these for a Saturday night open house where we are all bringing an appetizer. I love munching on something like this while visiting with friends and family.

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  17. Goodness, Jacqueline, here is it almost midnight and I'm making these right now! They look so good!

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  18. A staple of Texas! :-) I do add a pinch of cayenne pepper to mine with a bit less sugar. Just a thought ~ although many don't want them with that much "kick".

    Beautiful presentation...as usual.

    xo
    Pat

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  19. A staple of Texas! :-) I do add a pinch of cayenne pepper to mine with a bit less sugar. Just a thought ~ although many don't want them with that much "kick".

    Beautiful presentation...as usual.

    xo
    Pat

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  20. This is another post I'm saving - these sound delicious and just the thing for the holidays.

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  21. These I'm going to try!

    Happy Thanksgiving ... Katie from
    www.westiejulep.blogspot.com

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  22. Let the holiday baking begin...this one won't last long!

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  23. Thank you for this.. I am making this this weekend! xo marlis

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  24. I could eat plain pecans by the cup so I know I would love this spicy version. How beautifully you packaged them!

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  25. These sound great, Jacqueline! I agree, what a nice hostess gift.
    Beth

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  26. A friend just brought me 6 lbs of pecans from Louisiana. I'll make these. I usually do spiced pecans for Christmas treats. Thanks!

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  27. We only had appetizers when my parents had a party. We didn't really even have them on holidays. I think that is why they are still my favorite food...I could easily skip the main dish. I would love these!

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  28. Goodness, I love this recipe for the Thnksgiving season and Christmas too! Thanks for the recipe! FABBY

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  29. Would be a great snack for Thanksgiving day. Just found you through Foodie Friday and am your newest follower

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  30. Great minds think alike. I just made some pecans too. But yours obviously look a lot nicer! :P Thanks for sharing and I'm going to try your recipe soon. Wish you and your family a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

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  31. Hi, Jacqueline. Your pecans look delicious and the paper you are using to present them is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the idea.

    Christy @ toolsforkitchens

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