All-Purpose Pecans

All-Purpose Pecans
Contributor
Mad Delicious

“Quick science lesson: Albumen is another way to say egg white. Albumins are proteins. You find those in things like eggs — and people. Albumen consists of mostly albumins and water. Read: glue. Waterproof adhesive. Edible. Waterproof. Adhesive. So, if you want sugar and salt and spicy stuff to stick to your pecans, or walnuts, or almonds, toss them in a little edible waterproof adhesive. After a roast and a subsequent air dry, you have one versatile bar snack, salad garnish, or crunchy topping. Use halves or pieces here, depending on intended use. Clearly, this can be tilted more sweet or savory once you get the albumen thing straight.”  — Keith Schroeder, Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing

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16
Servings
147
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Recipe Courtesy of Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing by Keith Schroeder

Ingredients

  • ½ Teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 Pound pecan halves
  • 1 Tablespoon superfine sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground red pepper

Directions

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking pan or restaurant-style half sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Combine the thyme and the egg white in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add the pecans. Toss until evenly moistened.

Combine the sugar, the salt, the black pepper, and the red pepper in a separate small bowl. While folding the pecans with one hand, evenly sprinkle in the sugar mixture.

Spread the pecans in an even layer on the baking pan. Bake for about 17 minutes, or until the pecans begin to darken around the edges and are evenly glazed.

Remove the roasting pan from the oven and let cool at room temperature.

When the pecans have cooled, loosen them from the roasting pan and store in an airtight container.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
10g
14%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
13g
10%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Calcium, Ca
61mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Sodium, Na
26mg
2%

Pecan Shopping Tip

Whenever possible, purchase whole, not presliced or chopped nuts. They have a longer shelf life.

Pecan Cooking Tip

Toasting your nuts helps release essential oils and intensifies their flavor.