THE SWEETEST ROASTED PECANS ON EARTH

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THE SWEETEST ROASTED PECANS ON EARTH Directions METHOD Pecans and acorns have many similarities but understanding and altering one of the most dominant of those similarities will enable you to make the SWEETEST ROASTED PECANS ON EARTH. Pecan and acorn nuts have two sources of bitterness -- naturally occurring tannins in the kernel and pieces of corky material from the inside of the nut which can adhere to the kernel. Some of the tannin and all of the corky material can be removed by washing the kernels before cooking. Miss Carrie May and her cousin happened upon this revelation years ago and neglected to mention it to the rest of us until the keen taste of a connoisseur of nutty Christmas delicacies such as roasted pecans, divinity and pralines detected the difference between the washed and non-washed pecans. To "sweeten" the pecan meats (kernels), simply put the pecan kernels in a bowl and fill with luke warm water. Stir and tumble the meats in the water for several minutes and you will see the discoloration in the water. Pour off that water and repeat the process at least once more. You will notice that the water becomes less and less discolored. Spread the pecans on a paper towel and allow them to dry for 10 or 15 minutes. Drying is not necessary if the pecan kernels are going to be oven roasted. To roast the pecan kernels, spread the kernels evenly in a pan with sides (to allow stirring without spillage) and put in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees F. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes. Allow meats to brown then remove them from the oven and immediately stir in two tablespoons of butter per pound of pecans. Salt to taste.

CROCKPOT CAJUN PECANS

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CROCKPOT CAJUN PECANS

Directions
1 lb. pecan halves
4 tbs butter, melted
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all in a crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes.
Take cover off and turn on low, for two hours. Transfer to a baking sheet and let cool.

Pack in gift jars for holiday giving.


Cinnamon Sugared Pecans

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Cinnamon Sugared Pecans

Directions
INGREDIENTS
1 egg white
4 cups (1 pound) Texas pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

METHOD
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Slowly add the egg white to the pecans in a large mixing bowl, tumbling them gently until all the nuts glisten with the egg white. Mix the cinnamon and sugar well in a separate small cup. Dust the pecans with the cinnamon sugar, adding the sugar in several steps rather than all at one time, stirring well after each addition. Spread the coated nuts on an aluminum foil-lined 10x13 inch baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes (without turning). Remove from oven and allow to cool thoroughly before placing the nuts in a container which will seal tightly.
Yield: 2 cups of cinnamon pecans.
Use fresh, high quality Texas pecans for best results.


Sweet And Spicy Pecans

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Sweet And Spicy Pecans

Directions
INGREDIENTS
2 cups pecan halves
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt


METHOD
Toss pecans in butter. Combine sugar and remaining ingredients; sprinkle over pecans, tossing to coat. Spread on a baking sheet; bake at 325 degrees F for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool. Yield: 2 cups.


BBQ Pecans

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BBQ Pecans

Directions
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons melted margarine
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon catsup
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
4 cups pecan halves
Salt (optional)


METHOD
Combine first 4 ingredients, stir in pecans and mix well. Spread pecans evenly in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with salt if desired.


Toasted Pecans

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Toasted Pecans

Directions
METHOD
Oven toasting: preheat oven to 300o. Spread pecans evenly on a baking sheet and bake 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often, until pecans are fragrant and lightly browned. Undercook slightly as pecans will continue to cook after they are removed from oven. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the freezer of refrigerator.
Range toasting: place pecan in skillet large enough to prevent overcrowding. Cook over medium heat 10 to 15 minutes or until fragrant and lightly browned. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Store in an airtight container in the freezer or refrigerator


FLAVORED PECANS

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FLAVORED PECANS

Directions
INGREDIENTS
1 cup pecans
1 tablespoon butter
Salt, to taste


METHOD
Preheat oven to 400o. In a medium sized mixing bowl, mix pecans, butter and salt. Place in a baking pan and cook 10 minutes until pecans are fragrant and lightly browned. Stir frequently to prevent burning. Cool completely; store in an airtight container in the freezer or refrigerator. Use to garnish on vegetables, salads, casseroles or desserts. Variation: add one of the following and cook as above: 2 to 3 drops Tabasco, 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar, or 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce.


Sweet Crunchy Nuts

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Sweet Crunchy Nuts

Directions
INGREDIENTS
2 eggs, whites only, at room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 pound shelled walnuts, pecans, cashews, or peanuts (or a mixture of your choice)

 

METHOD
Heat oven to 275 degrees. Have a 15-1/2 X 10-1/2 inch jelly roll pan ready. Beat egg whites in a large bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. Gradually add sugar, beating until whites are stiff and glossy. Stir in butter; add nuts and toss to coat well. Spread in ungreased pan. Bake 1 hour or until meringue is dry, stirring every 15 minutes to separate nuts. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Makes 5 cups. Store tightly covered at room temperature up to 2 months. (If they last that long!)

It's nice to put these in a decorative tin to give for Christmas presents or for any other holiday. They are so easy to make, but so tasty!


Glazed Pecans

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Glazed Pecans

Directions
INGREDIENTS
4 c Pecan halves
1/4 c Oil
4 tb Light corn syrup
Salt

METHOD
Combine ingredients. Bake in heavy skillet at 250 degrees for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Pour out on paper bags and separate. Sprinkle with salt. Store in air-tight container.


Pepper Pecans

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Pepper Pecans

Directions
INGREDIENTS
4 tb Vegetable oil
3 tb Sugar
1 1/2 tb Sea salt
12 ts Cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/4 ts Freshly ground black pepper
4 c Pecans

METHOD
In a large heavy skillet, over a medium heat, warm the oil. Stir in the sugar, salt, cayenne, and pepper. Mix well, until sugar starts to melt. Add the pecans and coat thoroughly. Drain the pecans on a baking sheet and cool. Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 2 weeks Yield: 4 cups


Prissy Pecans

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Prissy Pecans

Directions
INGREDIENTS
2 ts Instant coffee granules
1/4 c Sugar
1/4 ts Cinnamon
2 tb Water Salt to taste
2 c Pecan (walnut) halves

METHOD
Bring coffee, sugar, cinnamon, water, salt, and pecans to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Spread on waxed paper, separating the pecan halves. Cool.


Frosted Pecan Bites

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Frosted Pecan Bites

Directions
INGREDIENTS
1 pound pecan halves
1 cup white sugar
salt to taste
2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
1/2 cup butter


METHOD
Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
Toast pecans for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool.
Fold sugar, salt and pecans into egg whites.
Increase oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Melt butter or margarine on a sheet pan.
Spread the nut mixture over pan and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.