Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
A nice appetizer or snack. Especially nice around the holidays, and can be made 3 days ahead. From Bon Appetit, November 1994.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 teaspoons orange peel, grated
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 cups pecan halves (10 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 300ºF.
- Melt butter in heavy medium saucepan over low heat. Add orange peel, cinnamon, coriander, cloves and cayenne and stir until aromatic, about 30 seconds.
- Add pecans, then sugar and salt and stir to coat evenly. Transfer nut mixture to baking sheet.
- Bake until nuts are toasted, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Cool. (Can be prepared 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature).
These had a nice citrus-spice flavor. The cayenne is just enough to warm your mouth. I used tangerine zest (what I had on hand)and a little less cloves.It gave the house a wonderful aroma and it took all of my will power to keep some for an asian inspired salad the next day.
These were GREAT and AROMATIC! I made a half recipe. Mine were a little burned at 20 minutes. I did stir them 3 times but perhaps I needed to stir them more than that? They still tasted good. Like cookiedog said, they have just enough heat to warm your mouth. The spice mix is very nice. They are appropriately named because the orange flavor stands out the most. Made for Photo tag.