Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Roasted Honey Rosemary Pecans (with a touch of garlic!)

Pecans, they're just nuts right??  Well... coat them with a little butter infused with garlic, honey and rosemary and you now have something other worldly.  Who knew just a couple of ingredients could create eye-popping flavor in less than 30 minutes?

I can tell you who... Lisa of Authentic Suburban Gourmet knew, and I can't even begin to explain my excitement when I received her blog as my assignment for the December Blogger C.L.U.E Event.

Lisa (Authentic Suburban Gourmet) with her husband Charles
The Blogger C.L.U.E (Cook, Learn, Undertake, Eat) Society works similar to other blog events where one blogger is secretly assigned another, with C.L.U.E featuring a monthly theme.  We search the blogger's blog, find a recipe, tweak it ever so slightly to our tastes and diets, and then reveal all on the same day.

My Grandmother, Verle
This month's theme brought me a little reflection.  Assigned to "find something your grandmother would have made" left me a little stumped.  My mom's mom passed away before I was born, hence I never met her.

I've heard stories, and she sounds like a super fun lady - someone whom I would love to have known.  My dad's mom, on the other hand, lived to the age of 93, and while I did know her, the distance of our homes (me in California, she in Minnesota) left us with little opportunity to really be a big part of each other's lives.

Pairing the grandmother with Lisa I really could have gone either way.  The grandmother I knew, German-born Adella, loved to bake and I have wonderful memories sitting in her kitchen on the farm with big plates of homemade Peanut Butter Cookies.  Lisa has a number of fabulous baked goods on her blog, and I could have easily gone this way.  But my other grandmother, Verle, loved a good cocktail party.  Which in the end led me to my choice.

I've "known" Lisa for years, and her Friday Night Bites feature often leaves me tempted to hop a plane and join the fun.  Residing in the San Francisco Bay Area (my home for nearly 30 years), and with two irresistibly adorable puppies (Marty and Stewart, they are Havanese), Lisa and I have a lot in common.  A love of these Roasted Honey Rosemary Pecans are just one more thing.

Thanks Lisa for a wonderful recipe.  I'm so happy you were my assigned blog, and... I finally got participate in a Friday Night Bite, even though it was only virtually.  Someday, I'm going to make it for real.

Join me with a visit to the rest of the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society!

Roasted Honey Rosemary Pecans
Pecans taken to another level with just a few ingredients.  Lisa's version calls for smoked salt, which wasn't in my pantry.  Hence we subbed chopped garlic and regular salt and found ourselves hopelessly addicted!
Placed in a cute jar with a bow these nuts will make a lovely holiday hostess gift.
Lisa's Recipe
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2 Tbs Butter
2 generous Tbs honey (I used a scant 2 Tbs)
2 small cloves finely chopped garlic (my addition, not in Lisa's recipe)
3 Tbs rosemary (I used 1 1/4 tsp dried rosemary - could use more if desired)
2 cups raw pecans
1/2 to 1 tsp smoked salt (I used about 1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt)

If only you could smell Instagram!
Preheat oven to 300ºF.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter, honey and garlic over medium-low heat.

When the butter is melted, add the rosemary leaves and stir to incorporate.  Turn off the heat.  Let the rosemary and garlic infuse for about 10 minutes.

Next, add the pecans and toss to coat.  Spread the nuts over the parchment paper (or silicone mat) and place the pan in the preheated oven.

Bake 13-15 minutes (ours were closer to 17), or until the pecans are lightly toasted.  Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle salt over the hot pecans.

Allow the pecans to cool and "set" before serving (note... tasting hot nuts out right out of the oven simply because you can't stand waiting because they smell so good may cause burns to occur on your tongue.  I may or may not know this from experience...).

Store pecans in an airtight container.  If you have any leftover.


  1. Oh, yeah...perfect for a cocktail party, or salad, or just right into MY mouth! These look amazing, Kim!

  2. I adore that great photo of your grandmother... I posted a few of my beloved grandmother as well. :) I also adore these roasted pecans... I can certainly see these being devoured at any party. :) Great choice for the challenge!

  3. These would be a wonderful addition to a holiday gathering.

  4. I love pecans and end up eating a bunch of them whenever I'm making something with them, but other than opening a can of mixed nuts, I've never eaten them ... on purpose. That's going to have to change, though. Those look fantastic.

  5. Great choice! What a wonderful recipe for the Holidays.

  6. I am SO excited that you had me this month! What fun! Kim - you are always welcome for Friday Night Bites and I hope that one day you are able to make it! What a great post! Aren't those pecans so divine??

  7. I am making nuts for my treat tins this year and this is perfect!

  8. I like to set out nuts on Christmas Eve, when we do an appetizer buffet. This looks like it will fit right in!

  9. I can see why these would disappear in a heartbeat. Lisa always has something wonderful to share!

  10. I would love to get a package of these as a gift, Kim. I adore that photo of your grandmother.

  11. Those pecans look perfect for giving away or serving at a cocktail party! But I could also eat the whole batch by myself. Sweet dilemma!

  12. It's so nice to be in this group with you and Lisa. I love a good roasted, flavor-infused pecan and I've no doubt this is a winner. Love the picture of your grandmother, Verle, Kim. :)

  13. This sounds like the perfect recipe for the theme! I had a bit of trouble locating a recipe that worked for the theme too but it was kismet in the end and came together! :)

    I love roasted nuts and I'm intrigued by the rosemary in this one - I'll have to try it!

  14. I discover your blog which I find very beautiful with magnificent photo bravo. And I like very much your recipe(takings) pecan nut which looks delicious sorry for my English I'm french

  15. Yum!! I'm wondering how fresh rosemary would work, since my garden is overflowing with it right now. Guess I will have to do some taste testing to find our :-) P.S. My Grandma lived to 93 too!

  16. How utterly scrumptious!! Roasted nuts are such a favorite in our house. :-)

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  19. How perfectly xmas! Looks delicious, I've had something similar before. Merry xmas!

  20. I'm all about savory treats!! oxox


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