Sunday, February 23, 2014

Maple Spiced Pecans

 The maple spiced pecans are the perfect addition to a roasted
butternut squash and quinoa hot dish.

Oh my goodness, these are the absolute best thing to ever happen to salads, snack mix and the palm of your hand (as you shovel in a hand full)...and making them is super easy too!

 Place 1 cup roughly chopped raw pecans in a saute pan, over 
medium heat.  Watch closely.  You want to heat them until the pan
starts to smell a bit nutty.  Watch closely though, as it can go from 
tasty to burnt very quickly.

 With the pan still on the heat, add 3 T. pure maple syrup, a pinch
of cayenne pepper and a generous crack of sea salt to the warm 
nuts.  Stir until all of the nuts are coated.  Remove from heat.

Pour the warm pecans onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
and pop in a 300 degree oven for 7 minutes.  

Remove from oven, allow to cool, and then store them in an air tight
container.  They are seriously delicious.


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