Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
These are supposed to evoke the flavors of an Old-Fashioned (sugar, bitters, and bourbon, garnished with a maraschino cherry). Adapted from a recipe at Serious Eats.
- 1⁄4 cup Bourbon
- 1⁄4 cup dried cherries
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄8-1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 cups raw pecan halves
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon orange zest (from 1 small orange)
- Combine bourbon and dried cherries. Set aside to soak at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Combine brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir until well-combined.
- Toast pecans in large non-stick skillet over medium heat until browned and just beginning to smell toasted, 3-4 minutes. Stir and shake frequently to prevent burning. Add butter to pan. Stir and toss until completely melted and pecans are thoroughly coated.
- Add sugar and spice mixture; stir and toss until pecans are evenly coated. Turn off heat and add cherry/bourbon mixture. Stir, off-heat, 1-2 minutes, until everything is well combined.
- Return pan to medium heat; stir constantly until liquid thickens and pecans are thoroughly glazed and shiny, 1-2 minutes. Spread mixture in one layer onto parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, separating nuts so they don't stick together. Allow to cool completely. Sprinkle nuts with orange zest. Transfer to a bowl and serve.