Thanksgiving week has snuck up on me, just like I knew it would.
It seems every year, once October hits, the holidays just fly by, one by one…bam, bam, bam!…leaving what seems like little time to enjoy the interim (why don’t the Arizona summers go by that fast??).
This year, unfortunately, my husband will be saving kittens and putting out turkey fires at work, so my daughters and I will be heading over to my mom’s house for the gluttonous day.
I have fond memories of Thanksgiving growing up in Phoenix.
My mom, dad, older brother, and I would often troop over to my uncle’s house, where he and his wife would have an impressive spread of not only the usual turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, but also his pineapple lasagna and an array of sweet treats that would rival any bakery.
Though I didn’t get around to posting the November recipes I had planned on, due to my newly discovered condition, I wanted to tag this one on to your menu, as it is a quick, easy, and delicious addition to many various dishes.
I made these one night when I wanted something crunchy and sweet for my salads, and once my husband got his hands on them, they were gone in minutes!
Flavored with a touch of maple syrup, they actually remind me very much of the classic snack, Cracker Jack.
I think they would go great atop a sweet potato casserole, green salads, ice cream, or even just out of a bowl for guests to snack on, but beware, they are addictive!…hence the sneaky, beefy man who ate all of mine.
- 2 c. raw pecans
- ¼ c. maple syrup
- ¼ t. sea salt
- a few dashes of cayenne pepper, as desired
- Begin by warming a skillet over medium high heat.
- Add in the pecans, maple syrup, salt, and cayenne.
- Stir the mix continuously until the maple syrup reduces down and the nuts are coated and toasted , about 3-4 minutes.
- Pour the mix onto a wax paper-lined plate and chill them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
- Break apart and enjoy!
Thank you everyone for your well wishes on my last post, I truly appreciate it!
I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving, filled with happiness and good food.