There's nothing like feasting on crisp, Buttery-Salted Roasted Pecans when trying to curb your hunger or satisfy that beastly snack attack. They're a no-guilt munch that pleases most with simple preparation and easy storage.
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I grew up picking and eating pecans from my Mawmaw's large pecan orchard. Since the pecan tree is well suited for Louisiana soil with its sub-tropical climate and spacious flat land, her pecans were the best.
Harvesting the fallen nuts from the towering trees planted in rows, consisted of raking and picking them up by hand. Then they were placed in cotton sacks, tied up, and placed flat on the wash house cement floor for drying.
I remember my grandparents sitting at their kitchen table covered with pecans. My Pawpaw would crack the pecans with a loud nutcracker, and my Mawmaw would peel the shells away. Sometimes we'd help, but not for long. This was toilsome work for small fingers. Little did we understand the good eating that would result from their labor.
One of my favorite things Mawmaw would make with pecans was her pralines. Her recipe, Noelie’s Pecan Pralines has simple instructions. See how easy this Louisiana pecan praline candy is to make.
Interesting Pecan Food Facts:
- Technically the pecan is not a nut but a drupe, similar to the peach and plum.
- Pecan trees produce full crops every two years.
- They are native to the good ole' USA! (where most are grown)
- It takes 12 years for a pecan tree to begin producing fruit.
- They grow up to 150 feet, 3 feet in diameter, and live up to 300 years.
- This nut tree has mammoth qualities.
- Pecan shells were roasted and substituted for coffee grinds during WWII. (Tea, please!)
- They have a thousand different varieties.
- It has its own day of observance on April 14th, National Pecan Day, and July 12th is National Pecan Pie Day. Lest we forget!
- Albany, Georgia, is the Pecan Capital of the WORLD! (growing more than 600,000 pecan trees)
- They are full of fiber and healthy fat, contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
- Texans claim the pecan as their state tree and invented butter pecan ice cream. Thank you, Texas!
- French people in New Orleans came up with the pecan pie, of course!
- Wood from the pecan tree is used for furniture, flooring, paneling, and smoking meat.
- Pecans can be ground and made into nut milk, pressed into oil, and processed into pecan butter.
- The word pecan can be pronounced 2 ways. (I prefer the way that doesn't sound like a facility to relieve oneself, thank you.)
Ingredients For Roasting Pecans
- Pecans - raw, half pieces
- butter - real, salted, and melted
- salt - sea salt or regular
How To Make Buttery-Salted Roasted Pecans?
Roasting is a cooking method known to deepen and enrich food flavors. That's what happens to pecans with these easy instructions.
First, melt 3 ½ tablespoons of salted butter. Not 3 and not 4. Three and one-half! That's the perfect combination.
Next, place 3 cups of pecan halves in a large bowl. Then pour butter over the nuts and sprinkle with salt. Now, stir, stir, stir to coat every pecan with flavor.
Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and place the pecans in a single layer on the paper and bake in a preheated oven.
Then pull them out of the oven, use a long-handled set of tongs to turn the nuts over, and stir them around to help each get an even roast. Place them back in the oven, roast them more, and check the color towards the end.
Toast them until they are golden brown. You don't want them to turn dark and have an overdone taste.
See the recipe card below for ingredient amounts.
Storing Roasted Pecans
Let the roasted pecans cool, then store them in a tightly covered container or ziplock bag either in or out of the refrigerator. A quart jar with a screw-on lid works nicely, too. They can also be frozen for longer preservation.
If you like your snacking with a bold punch of taste, try these Cajun Roasted Pecans. You may be surprised to discover where they get their spicy Louisiana flavor - try liquid Concentrated Shrimp And Crab Boil. Oh, yeah!
Recipes For Roasted Pecans
Using Buttery-Salted Roasted Pecans adds more flavor to other recipes like these:
Of course, only if you have any leftover pecans or succeed in hiding them for later!
Buttery-Salted Roasted Pecans
Follow these particular instructions for crisp, Buttery-Salted Roasted Pecans every time for a guilt-free snack or addition to your favorite dishes.
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups 1x
- 3 cups pecan halves, shelled and cleaned
- 3 ½ tablespoons salted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Place pecans in a large bowl.
- Melt butter and pour over pecans.
- Sprinkle nuts with salt and stir all of the ingredients together several times, making sure pecans are all coated with butter and salt.
- Single-layer the pecans on the parchment paper-lined pan.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, then take out of the oven and turn the nuts over with long-handled tongs.
- Return to oven for another 10-12 minutes, being careful not to over-roast.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool thoroughly before storing in an airtight container like a glass jar with a screw-on lid or zip-top bag.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Roasted
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: roasted pecans
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