Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Go a little nuts during the holidays
with Sweet and Salty Pecans

Many households go a little nuts during the holidays.
   That is, many people like to set out trays of mixed nuts – walnuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios – for their guests to snack on. My father is a firm believer in this method of entertaining at Christmas.
   You can go one step beyond just setting a nut tray – you can dress them up in a delicious little coating.
   In the case of Sweet and Salty Pecans from Martha Stewart Living magazine, brown sugar, heavy cream and coarse salt dress up pecans in the most savoury manner.
   Served slightly warm or at room temperature, these nuts are guaranteed to please both young and old. It’s the kind of snack to pass around while everyone is watching a Christmas movie together.
   And the nuts are so easy to make, absolutely perfect if you’re looking for a last-minute holiday recipe idea.
   Light-brown sugar, heavy cream, ¾ tsp coarse salt and pecans are stirred together until the pecans are well coated. The nuts are spread onto a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer.
   The nuts are baked for 20 to 22 minutes, and are stirred every five. When they come out of the oven, the pecans are sprinkled with ¾ tsp more of coarse salt, then left to cool.
   The pecans keep well in an airtight container.

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