The other day when Kayla and I went to Chick Fil A for lunch and had the most delicious salad we had ever had, both she and I raved and raved about the spicy pecans that were topping our greens. Oh — MY — WORD. Those nuts were like heaven to us, so we came home and decided that we were going to make our own recipe for Spiced Nuts.
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These nuts are SO easy to make, and again — would be great to make if you need to clean out your pantry. Besides the nuts being the only thing you might not have on hand, the other items such as eggs and common spices make these super scrumptious.
Here is my tip when you make these though — use parchment paper. It makes the clean up so much easier. The run off of the spice mixture gets super sticky and will be hard to clean off just a regular pan, but if you use a silpat or parchment paper — cleanup will be a breeze.
- 1 large egg white
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 1/2 cups pecan halves, or assorted nuts, such as cashews, walnuts, or almonds (we used pecans)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Beat egg white until soft and foamy. Combine all remaining ingredients except pecans; whisk into egg white. Stir in pecans until well coated; spread mixture in single layer onto an baking pan lined with parchment paper.
- Bake pecans for 15 minutes, then remove from oven. Using a metal spatula, toss, stir, and separate nuts. Reduce oven to 250 degrees and return nuts to bake until medium brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven; toss, and stir again.
- Place a wire cookie tray inside another baking pan and transfer your nuts to that wire tray to cool off. Break into single nuts once they have cooled all the way.
- Eat them as a snack or serve them on your favorite salad.
These nuts, like I said before are super — dee– duper delicious!
What yummy recipes have you made recently?