December 26, 2010

Roasted Pecans

Sometimes it's the little things in life ya know?  Take, for example, pecans.  Poor little guys only get lovin' in places like pie and only around Thanksgiving.  Sad!

If you have some laying around, show them some love by coating them in goodness and roasting them!  You'll thank me.  Feel free to vary the spices.  My be-fri, Carolyn, candies her pecans twice. Heaven!

Roasted Pecans

2-3 healthy handfuls raw pecans
1-2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon (or more if you like)
1/2 tsp cumin (or more if you like)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In bowl mix pecans with dry ingredients (brown sugar through salt). Add liquids and mix well.  The nuts will kind of soak everything up. Sorry, all measurements are approximations.  That's just pretty much how I roll.  I don't think you can mess this part up.

Here's where you really need to be careful!  Roasting!  Spread out pecans on single layer on Pammed cookie sheet.  Pop in oven and set timer for 6 minutes.  Stir at 6 minutes and bake another 5 minutes but keep a watch on them to make sure they don't burn.  At 11 minutes take out of oven and let cool. Nuts will crisp up as they cool.  These seriously make any salad!  Try not to burn your mouth!!


  1. Would it work to add other nuts (e.g., peanuts, cashews, walnuts, almonds) to the mix? Or is there something special about pecans?

  2. Good point! Actually, I would think most nuts would roast nicely. I like pecans so that's what I used but a mixture would be yummy. Let me know if you try it!