Thursday, December 23, 2010

2 Caramelized Nuts

The goat cheese medallion not enough "show-off" for your simple spinach salad??  Well, how about adding a couple caramelized pecans? The spinach salad that I threw together last week included spinach, thinly sliced purple onions, dried cranberries, goat cheese medallions, and these caramelized pecans topped with balsamic vinaigrette! It was amazing and even though the hubby isn't a fan of goat cheese, he sure does like sugary pecans! 
The perfect addition to a Christmas Day salad or just set them out for a lovely appetizer!

Only 2 more days before the GIVEAWAY end! :-) 

Picture and recipe by Our Best Bites

2 T brown sugar
1/2 T light corn syrup
1/2 T butter
1/2  C nuts
Optional: 1/8 tsp cinnamon (SO good)
Place brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter (and cinnamon if you're using) in a non-stick skillet on the stove top. Set heat to medium or medium-high. Stir the mixture as it comes together until it bubbles! Add nuts and stir to coat! Continue cooking for 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly until nuts turn golden brown in color and smell toasted.
OR, after nuts are coated in sugar mixture, transfer from skillet to a parchment lined baking sheet and place in a 400 degree oven. Stir occasionally (every 1-2 minutes) until golden brown and toasted.  It happens quick, so keep an eye on them! 
Transfer to foil, waxed paper, or parchment and cool completely.
Break them apart with your fingers and enjoy!
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  1. Just in time...I'm making a raspberry/feta/pecan spinach salad for Christmas day and was looking for a recipe for the candied pecans. Perfect! Can't wait to make them!

  2. YEA! That salad sounds AMAZING! :-) It will make you feel better for eating all the other Christmas day goodies! :-) Merry Christmas! :-)


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