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Spiced Pecans

(recipe, Carrie Floyd)

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This is a Barton Levenson recipe, credited in the [%bookLink code=0894807544 "China Moon Cookbook"] by the late Barbara Tropp. These nuts are delicious tossed into a green salad with blue cheese and apples or pears.


  1. ΒΌ cup sugar
  2. 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  3. 2 Tbsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  4. 1 cup whole pecans


  1. Combine the sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Heat a cast-iron or very heavy skillet over high heat, until hot enough to evaporate a bead of water on contact. Add the pecans and toss for 1 minute to bring out the nut oil.
  3. Sprinkle nuts with half the spice mixture and toss until the sugar melts, about 1 minute. Add the rest of the spice mixture and continue shaking the pan until the sugar melts and coats the pecans.
  4. Immediately turn the pecans out onto a baking sheet. Once they're cool enough to handle separate the nuts with your fingers.
  5. Cool completely before storing in a glass jar, tightly sealed.