Prepare a batch of this smoky-sweet mix to have on hand when visitors drop by. Or pack them into handsome jars to give as gifts.
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 large egg white
2 cups pecan halves
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 225°.
Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir in pecans. Combine sugar, salt, and pepper. Add to pecan mixture; toss well. Spread mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 225° for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven; cool completely. Stir in cranberries.
Note: Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Pecan prices finally became affordable so decided to try these. We can't stop eating them. A perfect balance of sweet and spicy, definately get the Chipotle ! Will be making these as gifts and to have on hand for company.
This was a hit Christmas Eve. The slight kick is nice. My father who usually claims everything above ketchup is spicy, even liked it. I doubled the recipe to set out before dinner for a group of 6. It was all eaten. I didn't have enough pecans, so I used walnuts too. I think any nut would work!
The best! I think it's worth it to get the Chipotle Pepper, it really adds a unique flavor to the nut mix. We had these on our hors d'oeuvres table and I swear people ate more of these nuts than anything else. The cranberries give it a nice tang and balance the spice out perfectly. As an added bonus, they make the house smell really holiday-y!