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It’s the time of year to start planning what I’ll make for neighbor gifts. This year I’m moving away from sweet baked gifts to savory homemade gifts. Warm seasoned pecans are one of my favorite holiday party recipes and it is a family favorite that I’ve inherited from my mom. The recipe is easy to make in large batches so it’s perfect for gift giving or for large holiday parties. I appreciate that it’s easy to make it with subtle seasoned flavor or make it as spicy as you’d like.
I picked the coldest day of the week to run my errands (can I start hibernating for the winter yet?) . I dropped by Target and was happy to see that they had all the flavors of Tabasco sauce to choose from; Original Red, Jalapeño and Chipotle. Since the Tabasco sauce enhances the flavors in this recipe, it's nice to be able to choose which flavor you prefer. Psst, my family loves the smoky flavor of the Chipotle Tabasco.
2 Cups Pecans
1 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp salt
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 up to 3 tsp Tabasco sauce (depending on your preference)
Toss the pecans with melted butter and bake at 300ºF for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Turn the toasted pecans into a bowl and toss with salt, soy sauce and Tabasco sauce to coat. Serve warm or cooled.
This recipe can be whipped up in about 4 minutes + 30 minutes baking time. Plan on making some extra so those mysterious hands can sneak some while you're busy decorating the jars for gifting.
I grabbed several glass jars from my recycled jar stash (I know I'm not the only one with a I-can't-throw-that-jar-away-I-could-use-it-someday collection, right?) and some other supplies I already had.
Recycled glass jar Decorative paper
White card stock Scissors
Double stick tape
Simply trim a strip of paper to go around the jar and cut a circle to cover the printing on the top of the lid. I used double stick tape to attach the paper to the jar and lid. I cut a gift tag out of the white card stock and attached it with decorative twine. You could easily whip up 8 to 10 jars while the pecans are baking.
Luckily, this recipe is easy to double, triple or more. I have lots of neighbor gifts to give this year so I'll be making a big batch. It's nice that I can knock all the gifts out at once by making one large batch.
Are you having a holiday party or planning on giving friends and neighbors a homemade gift this year? Give my mom's Warm Seasoned Pecans recipe a try and find out how
embarrassingly rewardingly easy it is to make.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.