I have been trying to cut processed foods from my diet lately, and one of the areas where it becomes difficult is with snack foods. One of my favorite snacks is a good, crispy potato chip, so to replace them, I have been roasting nuts from home.
I love the wonderful aroma that fills the house when you roast nuts in the oven, especially pecans.
When I visit mon mari‘s family, sometimes his folks give us fresh pecans they have picked…Mmmm, delicious. But store-bought nuts work just fine if you don’t have access to fresh ones.
Here is a quick and easy method to roast pecans (or any nuts) that I have been using a lot lately:
2 cups pecan halves
1 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
sprinkling of garlic salt
Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix the pecan halves in the melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt. Toss to coat evenly.
Spread the pecans in an even layer on a half-sheet baking pan.
Roast the pecans in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow the nuts to cool a few minutes and then taste them for seasoning. At this point, I sometimes add an extra sprinkling of garlic salt, while the nuts are still warm.
Allow to cool and enjoy!
Side-note: I love pecans when they are really roasted, almost burned, but not quite. I take them out when they are a nice deep brown in color. Obviously, roast the nuts to your desired level of done-ness. As long as the nuts aren’t black or smoking, you really can’t go wrong!