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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

Summer entertaining could mean nothing more than lazy moments on porches or in galleries or in hammocks in the backyard. But if you add friends and family, arrange easy drinks on trays and lots of delicious little bites, it becomes summer entertaining Southern style. Put a guest in charge of crushing up the ice, another peeling loads of lemons, another cutting up limes for the bar...and mix and pour and shake some simple Southern favorites, perhaps a Sazeracs or a Mint Julep or a Milk Punch. To accompany any Southern drink, try serving the following Sweet and Spicy Pecans that have just the right amount of spice to make this snack addictive.

Sweet and Spicy Pecans

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups pecan halves
Mix the sugar, salt, pepper and cayenne in a small bowl. Heat a skillet over high heat. Shake the pecans in the skillet for one minute. Add half the blended mixture, shaking the skillet. When the sugar begins to caramelize, add the remaining mixture and shake the skillet constantly. Turn the pecans out onto paper towels to cool. Separate and store the nuts in an airtight container.

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