I am trying to be more budget-saavy, especially when it comes to our grocery spending. We want to buy a house soon, go on a trip next year, and just quit spending money frivolously in general. We absolutely spend way too much on groceries, and I've been focusing on things that I can find the biggest savings quickest.
First on my list - these bad boys. We have a special salad that we make nearly every night, and one of the key ingredients are these sweetened pecans. I want to continue having these pecans, but at $3 a pop for these teensy bags, its not quite a bargain (it lasts only two nights at our house!)
I pretty much followed the Simply Recipes recipe. I've made this a few times (its really easy!), but following the recipe exactly makes it a bit too... Christmassy tasting, lol. I now omit the cloves and nutmeg, and it turns out exactly how I want it. I chop up the pecans into small pieces to use for our salads, but I definitely will be using pecan halves during the holidays to make as a snack instead. Tasty!
Its significantly cheaper than buying the little bags, and its so nice having a container full of these that will last more than a measly two nights.
Sugared Salad Pecans
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces pecans, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 300˚.
2. Put sugar, cinnamon, salt, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg in a plastic bag, shake to mix.
3. Put egg, water, and vanilla in a bowl. Beat until slightly foamy; add pecans and coat well. Lift pecans out of bowl with a slotted spoon and put into the bag of sugar and spices. Shake pecans in bag making sure they are well coated.
4. Bake 30 minutes on a baking pan lined with a silpat or lightly greased aluminum foil. 15 minutes into baking, stir up the pecans with a fork. Let cool completely before serving. Makes about 2 cups.