Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gobsmacked . . . Again!

A package arrived last week in the mail.    A big package of pecans!   Southern pecans!     There are pecans on the prairie and I often buy them, cracked, and spend November evenings shelling pecans.    Three bowls and the sack of pecans.   One bowl for the shells, one bowl for the halves and one bowl for the pieces.

But prairie pecans are small compared to Southern pecans.      So I was thrilled with my package of pecans.  

The package was from a dear reader -- Sarah (with an H) from Biloxi.     We've been emailing for a while and she is a delightful person and I always look forward to her emails.    

And what a surprise is the gift of a big bag of pecans.

What to do with them?     They're big and they're pretty . . . and they're very tasty.    

I decided not to use them in any recipe that I would have to chop them  -- they are too pretty not to use whole!

So I took half of them and . . .

Made spiced pecans.     We simply adore them.    They're great to have around for nibbles during the holidays.    And they're even good sprinkled on salads.    I love the sweet and spicy and herby flavor of these pecans!

They look good in one of our glass candy dishes . . . the simplicity of the compote and the glazed pecans.

This is an adaptation of an Ina recipe.    She used mixed nuts but I really prefer to do pecans or walnuts only.    I guess I'm a "nut purist"!     They're easy, they freeze well . . . and if you don't stick them in the freezer they're gone before you know it!


Vegetable oil
7 1/2 cups (or  31 ounces pecans)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 c. light brown sugar, lightly packed
3 T. freshly squeezed orange juice
2 t. ground chipotle powder
4 T. minced fresh rosemary leaves, divided
4 t. Kosher salt, divided

Preheat oven to 350.

Brush a sheet pan generously with vegetable oil
Combine pecans, 2 T. of vegetable oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, orange juice and chipotle powder on the sheet pan.   Toss to coat the nuts evenly.

Add 2 T. of the rosemary and 2 t. salt and toss again.
Spread nuts in one layer.

Roast nuts for 25 minutes, stirring twice with a large metal spatula until the nuts are glazed and golden brown.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with 2 more teaspoons of salt and the remaining 2 Tablespoons of rosemary.

Toss well and set aside at room temperature, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking as they cool.

Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed.

Thank you dear Sarah -- it was a lovely gift and once again I was gobsmacked!


Pondside said...

Oh you lucky Duck, you! What a treat to have turn up on your doorstep. I love that nut recipe and made it last Christmas - the nuts just disappeared!

Mary Bergfeld said...

These sound and look delicious, Martha. I'll have to give these a try. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Bookie said...

These look great and are a new combo for me. Just tonight I had tossed sweet and spicy pecans from Trader Joe's in our salad. I make some of my own and some with sweet ones with Splenda. They are all good and you are right freeze them. But if one is desperate for a nut, they still aren't safe...

Blondie's Journal said...

I have heard how good these I'm anxious to try your recipe. Thanks, Martha!


Kay G. said...

What lovely gift! This year because of the drought, pecans are very expensive, that gift is very nice indeed! You can use them in any recipe that calls for walnuts too. Hey, I'm from Georgia, pecans are just better than walnuts!!
You have a wonderful blog!

On Crooked Creek said...

What a lovely surprise!!! And...what a lovely gift! I'm afraid I'd have to make at least one pecan pie with them...and leave them whole! Enjoy!