Long time, no see! I sure have missed putting up a new post. Everyone is mostly asleep right now, so I’m trying to sneak in a quick post and this is a good one! A few months back, I shared this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs Cooking With Ruthie. I have loved being a contributor on Ruthie’s blog and it has been wonderful to form a long-distance friendship with someone I have never met in person. Sadly, with the madness (good and bad) of life right now, I am not able to contribute to her blog for a while. I hope that she and I can keep in touch and even get the chance to meet face-to-face sometime in the future. Ruthie has been so sweet and patient with my crazy, chaotic life these days as a working mom of two with a traveling husband and I really hope that when (if) life slows down a bit, I will have time to contribute again.
My in-laws have a pecan orchard in East Texas and this year was an almighty harvest!! This year’s pecans are amazing in any way they are consumed, but I have become a candying pecan fool lately. This spicy and sweet version of candied pecans might be my favorite and definitely one for the men! We have a bourbon obsession here in Tennessee and this puts one of our greatest commodities to very good use. And to make it even better, they are so EASY to make! Make several batches ahead of time and they are party ready. Set them out in a dish for your guests to snack on or keep them for yourself to top your favorite salads with, either way they will be a hit!
Adapted from Rachel Cooks.com Spicy & Candy Pecans
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon bourbon (I use Jack Daniels Whiskey)
- 3 cups pecan halves
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine egg whites and bourbon. Whisk until frothy.
- Add pecans to mixture and toss to coat. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over pecan mixture and toss to coat evenly.
- Turn pecan mixture out onto an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet or silpat. Spread out over pan. Bake 20-30 minutes depending on oven stirring mixture every 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on pan.
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