Roasted Pecans Are A Delicacy

Roasted pecans… probably one of the best holiday treats ever that salty pecan taste bursting with flavor. I remember when I was growing up, sitting around on holiday occasions talking and visiting with family and friends – there was always roasted pecans. When I smell them roasting in the oven and when I take a bite it always makes me think of fond holiday memories. Aren’t the holidays the best time of year? They certainly are my favorite – time to spend with family and friends. Plus, there’s always an abundance of great food during the holiday season. What more could you ask for, really?

I love the taste of pecan – being from the south it’s a given. You can just do so much with them – make them into pies, cakes, cookies, candy….You can add them to so many of your foods and desserts, but sometimes a really good lightly salted roasted pecan is so simple and so good. I love to take them and heat them up just a bit and eat them warm – makes the flavor seem that much more intense.

My grandmother always made roasted Pecans, and we enjoyed them so much! She took big plump pecan halves and lightly roasted and salted them. But on special occasions – and in the cooler months, she’d spice them up with cinnamon or nutmeg. They were so delicious. I would eat them by the handfuls. I would wake up to the smell of roasted pecans with cinnamon and sugar.

And they were so easy to make:

• 1 egg white
• 1 tablespoon water
• 2 1/4 cups pecan halves
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (105 degrees C). Lightly grease a rimmed baking pan. Combine the egg white and water in a mixing bowl; beat until fluffy. Fold in the pecans to coat evenly. Combine the sugar, salt, and ground cinnamon in a shaker or cup with a lid. Dust the pecans evenly with the sugar mixture. Spread the nuts over the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven until toasted and fragrant, stirring every 15 minutes, about 1 hour. Cool on pan, and store in an airtight container.

We never had to worry much about the airtight container at our house because the roasted pecans never stayed around long enough to be stored. One thing that I love about roasted pecans also is that they blend so well with other nuts. I take the roasted pecans and mix them with roasted cashews and eat them straight out of the tin. Or even add a bit of praline bit pecans to them for a salty and sweet combination.

Tanners Pecans has several different roasted pecan and nut gift tins. Roasted pecans easily became a holiday family tradition in my household growing up and it’s so easy to see why. Very easy and versatile, they are delicious by themselves as a snack or with other roasted nuts or as an ingredient in recipes.

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About The Author, Michelle Parks
Tanner’s Pecan is owned by Danny Fox and Michelle Parks and is proud to offer a variety of holiday gift baskets, peanut butter fudge, chocolate pecan pie, pecan pralines, roasted pecans, and chocolate fudge. Visit us today at http://www.tannerspecan.com for the best selection of Roasted Pecans.