Toasting pecans enhances the natural flavour and adds an extra crunch. Toasted pecans make a wonderful topping for baked goods or an elegant snack on their own. Toasted pecans give an added crunch and a shot of protein to salads when used as a topping. I love to give toasted and candied nuts as gifts when visiting a friend or during the holidays.
Toasting pecans is easy and requires little preparation and nothing more then a baking sheet. When toasted at home the pecans have a wonderful fresh flavour and crunch which can not be matched by store bought nuts.
This recipe includes butter but any vegetable oil can be used instead. The butter gives the pecans a wonderful flavour that can not be matched but pecans can be toasted without butter or oil. I have included instructions for toasting pecans on the stove top in a dry skillet as well as a quick and easy microwave version.
When choosing pecans look for pecans that are plump and uniform in color and size.
Shelled pecans can be kept in the refrigerator for about nine months and in the freezer for up to two years.
Pecans will stay good for about two months after being removed from cold storage.
Airtight containers are best for storing pecans in the refrigerator and sealed plastic freezer bags are best for storing in the freezer.
Toasted Pecan Recipe
You will need:
1 cup of butter
6 cups shelled pecans
Sea salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 275 F or 135 C.
Melt butter in microwave or on the stove top.
Pour butter into a medium sized bowl and stir in pecans until well coated.
Arrange coated pecans in a single layer on baking sheet.
Sprinkle with sea salt.
Bake for about one hour stirring several times.
When the pecans are toasted remove from the oven, cool and store in airtight containers.
If you prefer to toast pecans without using butter or oil it is quite easy to do. Pecans can be toasted in the oven by simply placing the dry nuts onto the baking sheet and toasting them as described above. Be careful to shake or stir the nuts while toasting to ensure they do not burn.
Pecans can also be toasted using a dry skillet on the stove top. Heat the pecans in a dry skillet over medium heat and shake or stir the nuts while heating. It is important to keep a careful eye on the nuts while toasting to ensure they do not burn. You will know the pecans are toasted by the aroma and the slightly golden color.
Once toasted remove the pecans from the heat and cool.
Toast Pecans in the Microwave
Pecans toasted in the oven or skillet produce the best flavour and crunch but when in a hurry to create a salad topping or quick snack a microwave can be used. Place about 1 cup of nuts on a paper plate and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Stir the nuts and microwave for an additional 1-2 minutes.
Cooking times can vary widely in microwave ovens so it is very important to keep a careful eye on the pecans to ensure they do not burn.
Add toasted pecans to everything from salads to baked goods.
Pecans are a great source of protein and contain more then 19 vitamins and minerals. Pecans contain almost no saturated fat. Including nuts is often recommended as part of maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. Toasting pecans is a wonderful way to enhance the natural flavour of the pecan and add an extra crunch. Easy to prepare, pecans can be toasted in the oven, stove top or even in the microwave. Prepare toasted pecans as a simple , yet elegant, gift or keep them all for yourself and generously top your salads and baked goods with a handful of toasted pecans.
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