Spring and summer entertaining…so fun! Who doesn’t love an amazing salad along side a yummy dinner? I find that my favorite salads usually include fruit (dried cranberries or berries for example), a light cheese like feta and nuts or seeds of some kind. I tend to make spiced nuts to add to my salads. I have a few different recipes that I use, but this is the latest one. You can alter it to fit your tastes…add walnuts instead of pecans, omit the syrup, add more cinnamon, delete the cayenne…it is all good. Find what works for you and your family! The most important thing is to use a timer so that you do NOT BURN THE NUTS! (when my Mom was here, we got chatting and all of a sudden smoke was filling the room! I burnt the darn nuts!)
2-3 cups pecans
2 Tbs. butter, melted
1 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. maple syrup (real)
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
cinnamon sugar (opt.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. LIne baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
Prepare nuts by adding all ingredients to the pecans and mixing well until everything is coated well. If it seems too wet, add a few more pecans. After everything is coated well, spread onto the parchment lined sheet , sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (optional) and bake for 10 minutes. Stir the nuts then continue baking for another 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool on the pan. Store in a jar or plastic baggie.
What do I love about this recipe? I love that I can throw a bunch of these together and have them handy for salads or to put on the table for guests to nibble on.
What don’t I love about this recipe? Nothing at all. I think they are a great addition to any salad!