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Sunday Small Bites: Pecans

smallbitesOur ingredient of the week (pecans) was selected by Sheri of the blog As the Seasons Change. Thanks Sheri!

I love to make roasted spiced nuts for parties and for the holidays, but almost every recipe calls for cooking high-fat, high-calorie nuts in a bunch of butter. So I started looking for a recipe that was a bit lighter and found one from Emeril's new show on the Planet Green network. These nuts are roasted in oil, not butter, and I lightened it up even more by cutting the amount of oil in half. I also changed the spices a bit by using Aleppo pepper instead of cayenne.

Aleppo pepper, from Turkey, "has an Ancho-like flavor, plus a bit of tartness and a nice bite" according to Penzey's Spices which is where I bought it. Cayenne would work just fine.

Anyway, this is my favorite Small Bite I've made so far. Very tasty with a glass of wine or a cocktail. Recipe is below.


Other Small Bites cooks are listed here. Next week's ingredient is "pumpkin."

Herbed and Spiced Pecans

(adapted from this Emeril Green recipe)

1 TB. vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or cayenne)
1 cup pecan halves

In a bowl whisk together oil, thyme, salt, sugar, and pepper. Add nuts and toss to coat.

Transfer nuts to a cold skillet. Heat to medium high heat, tossing nuts until lightly brown and aromatic, about 5 to 7 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure they don't burn!

Serve nuts warm or at room temperature.


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Comments (7)


What a great idea! I love snacking on nuts and pecans are one of my favourites.

they look great. i minimize oil by using the microwave n just a light coating of oil ( sunflower oil )

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, yummy! This looks really delicious. I love nuts and spicey so I'm definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Have a great day today!

Thanks everyone, and Bengbeng, thanks for the tip about using the microwave (I've never tried that).

Looks very tasty! I've heard so much about Penzey's that I'm going to have to visit it soon.

Hi Maria, we don't have a Penzey's here so I order from their catalog. I'd love to visit a store someday.

With a glass of red, that would be heavenly!

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