Beat the last-minute cooking frenzy by making the glazed pecans up to 3 days in advance and storing at room temperature in an airtight container; double the ingredients for an appetizer guests can munch on before the meal.
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 pounds green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper.
Bring sugar, 1 tablespoon water, cumin, and red pepper to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove pan from heat; stir in pecans, rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread pecan mixture in an even layer on prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until fragrant and browned. Cool in pan, stirring occasionally.
Place green beans in a large saucepan of boiling water; cook 4 minutes. Drain and plunge green beans into ice water; drain.
Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beans; sauté 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper over green beans; toss. Place beans on a serving platter; sprinkle with pecan mixture. Serve immediately.
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