For awhile now I have been wanting to experiment with making spiced nuts. There is a restaurant near me that has an appetizer of warm spiced nuts on their menu - I always find myself ordering them - and a Michigan made hard cider to go alongside. From that inspiration I came up with this recipe - here the nuts are toasted and won't get your hands messy. I also added cherries and chocolate for some spicy and sweet goodness.
Spiced Toasted Pecans With Dried Cherries And Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1 T. olive oil
1/2 t. Franks Red Hot Sauce - original (for extra spice use 1 t. - I think it would be good)
2 c. pecan halves
1 1/2 t. chili powder
3/4 t. Celtic sea salt
1/2 t. black pepper (I like to use straight up McCormick)
1/2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. powdered garlic
1/2 t. sugar
1/4 t. dried oregano
1/2 c. Ghirardelli's 60% Cocoa Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
3/4 c. dried cherries (I used Trader Joe's tart Montmorency dried cherries - they are larger and really delicious)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with Reynolds wrap.
In a bowl combine olive oil and hot sauce. Add the pecans and toss to coat. Set aside.
Combine all of the spices in a small bowl, and then add this mixture to the pecans. Toss the pecans again to coat well with the spices. Place the pecan mixture on cookie sheet in a single layer.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until pecans are toasted. Stir every few minutes. I cooked mine for 15 minutes.
You could serve just the nuts on their own warm, but if you wait until they cool and add the chocolate and cherries I think you will like that too!