These classic Sugared Pecans are a quick and easy snack to keep around during the holidays!
Growing up, I remember going to my grandparent’s house in upstate South Carolina. Come to think of it, I mention going up there quite a bit. Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, those trips were creating lasting memories that I will hold on to for a lifetime. My grandma was a great cook, and many of my recipes can be traced back to her. And my grandpa? Well, he was a great man…and he loved to eat!
My grandparents had several huge (I mean huge) pecan trees growing in their backyard. I remember that whole section of the yard being covered with broken, brittle pecan shells thanks to the squirrels. But there were more pecans there than even the squirrels could eat.
Whenever we’d visit in the Fall, I remember my grandmother paying me $1 to go collect a bucket of pecans from the backyard. In hindsight, this was probably a very cheap way of entertaining me for a while…especially since the bucket was one of those bushel-sized baskets leftover from picking peaches in the summer. Think about how many pecans that is…yeah. A lot.
Hey, I didn’t mind collecting those pecans one bit, though. $1 in a kid’s hand could go a long way…at least back in the mid-80’s. Once I was done picking up pecans, I’d bring them up to the screened-in porch. Then while everyone was sitting around at night visiting, we’d shell pecans. It was a mindless task, but it resulted in a lot of fresh pecans. Man, what I wouldn’t give to have several huge pecan trees in my backyard now!
My grandmother used those pecans in all sorts of recipes…but one of my favorites was just these simple Sugared Pecans. These are incredibly easy to make, and they’re a great treat to keep on hand for when people drop by to visit during the holidays. (These Sugared Pecans also make great neighbor gifts, too!)
We took some of these pecans with us when we went down to visit our friends in NYC a while back. We ended up having an impromptu whiskey and rye tasting one evening, and we sat around nibbling on these pecans at the same time. I highly recommend keeping a batch of sugared pecans on the counter throughout the holidays. You never know when some friends might drop by. The only challenge is making sure you don’t eat the entire batch by yourself. Cheers!
What is your favorite snack to keep on hand during the holidays?
Have you ever shelled pecans?