Sunday, December 21, 2008

Wonderfully Easy Tabasco Pecans


I make these savory nibblies every Christmas. I don't have an iron clad recipe, just a procedure. Basically, melt a stick of real butter over a medium flame, then add a whole bunch of pecans (I used 5 smallish bags of pecan halves). Add 1/2 bottle Tabasco (adjust to taste). My paternal grandmother was born on Avery Island in Louisiana, the home of Tabasco, and our whole family loves it. My mother (like so many Louisiana mothers) added Tabasco to my baby bottle.

Add 1 packet of Good Seasons dry Italian Seasoning mix--just sprinkle over the top of the pecans--and stir. Add minced, fresh garlic (if you like--I do) and keep stirring until the pecans are nicely coated. Sometimes I add Hungarian paprika. I always add coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. If the pecans look a little dry, add more butter. It helps if you sautee the pecans in a large, oven proof pan. I use copper. Then pop the pan into a 350 oven for, oh, about 20-25 minutes.

My mother bakes hers at 325, but I'm always in too much of a hurry. Just keep your eye on the oven. Stir the pecans every few minutes.

These pecans are also delicious in chicken salad. You can fill them with parsley-filled cream cheese and make little sandwiches, too.

39 comments:

  1. I'll have to try this tonite.
    I am making homemade fudge tonite.
    I am off to my oldest daughters house for my grandaughters birthday party.
    Your wonderful mice are everywhere.
    Blossom

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  2. Hi Gollum :)

    Those looks delicious! I'll be making them for Alex and myself bcause we love the hot stuff ;)

    Your tea party turned out beautiful. I really need to start doing things like that for just us.

    I wanted to pop in before things get to hectic and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Your friendship over the past 9 months has been an absolute blessing to me and I want to thank you for being such a good and kind friend to me.

    Much love,
    rue

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  3. Tabasco in a baby bottle? I can't even imagine that. I'm obviously not a good one to judge these things though, because I don't like pecans either!

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  4. Never thought I would ever say this! but I am kinda hoping those adorable mice come by my house! Tabasco pecans this is new to me, I will try these tonight, oh hum off to the shops again!. Enjoy Henry et al!.

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  5. Oh Gollum...These sound wonderful! And someone just gave me a whole pound of pecan halves from south Georgia so I am trying these right away. I did not know about putting tabasco in baby bottles! I guess Louisiana babies get that craving for Cajun food early on in life! Your mice have escaped and are running amuck all over Blogland!!! Debbie

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  6. Hey I'm picking up pecans today at the store I have to make a mad dash I forgot my cream for the truffles. Tomorrow is an impromptu potluck for lunch at the office. I make the macaroons, the snowman cheeseball and I'm bringing a chicken salad. I bet Dr. K would really enjoy those pecans, too. Thanks for sharing. ~ Robyn

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  7. Yum! Can't wait to try this. Thank you for sharing it. laurie

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  8. I forgot to mention that the pecans are great sprinkled over green salads--just break them up a bit.

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  9. As Pooh might say ... "yummy yummy in my tummy"

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  10. Thanks for sharing. Me luvs some good Georgia pecans. And peaches. In fact, I love salads with peaches, pecans, and cheese. I bet these would be delicious in the salad too. Yummo!
    Holiday Cheers!
    Penny in Atlanta, GA

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  11. Hi Gollum... Thanks for posting that recipe... we are big fans of Tabasco and most other hot sauces... We visited Avery Island this past summer... Needless to say I loaded up with every product they make and got a recipe book... They even were sampling jalapeno & Harbanaro Ice Cream... YUK you say... Let me tell you if you love spicy foods you will love them.... I went crazy for it... Fun place to visit... Thanks again for the recipe...

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  12. I'm no cook but these look delicious will have to try them this year;) Thanks for the recipe!! Hugs French;)

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  13. Hi Gullum! This looks tasty! We just snack on Christmas Eve so this will be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Liz

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  14. Being a Louisianian, I can vouch that Tabasco runs through our veins! Anyone with Louisiana roots is usually one heck of a cook AND a good storyteller. Bon Appetite and Merry Christmas from this Louisiana coona**!

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  15. Oh, Twizz, there's nothing like "Gumbo YaYa" when us Louisiana folk get going. (Translation for non-Cajuns: Gumbo YaYa means "everybody is talking at once.")

    One Christmas, someone put a tape recorder under the sofa and recorded over a dozen conversations going on at once--and everybody was keeping up! The fella who did this thought we were nuts and wanted proof.

    He got it.

    The tureen was made by Fitz & Floyd.

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  16. They look so tasty! I may have to give them a try since I don't have to buy any pecans I have a front yard full right now and there's another party in the plans for Dec. 26. I hope I find the time to get enough shelled. Thanks for the great idea! Deb

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  17. Now that's what I'm talkin about...I know I would love these. My hubby has been known to say, "If a dog would'nt roll in, I am not interested." vickydarnell

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  18. Hi G - you make the savory ones and I make the sweet ones. I will have to share my recipe of candied pecans with sugar, bourbon and ginger. I can't wait to try these. I will def have to adjust the amount of hot sauce. My acid reflux would put me in a fireball coma. LOL
    I am also amazed that your oven is clean enough to photograph. Mine looks like...well, let's just say its not a Kodak moment. ;-) Have a great evening....Barb

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  19. Oh my gosh, as I was reading your procedure my mouth was actually watering! Those look so good and now I'm starving!

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  20. Afternoon, Dear Gollum. These pecans sound and look delicous! Nothing like pecans and I think I'm going to make these! I could make myself sick eating pecans! I want to wish you, Dr. Gollum and all your Gollumites a very Merry Christmas!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  21. I love these. Customes bring things in and we eat all week, along with cookies and candy.I also made my candy cane punch. Kathy

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  22. These look soooo yummy! Thanks for recipe.
    BTW, when I was in Publix tonight, I tried to find the Double Devon Cream but couldn't locate it. It must not be in the cold section. I'm going back tomorrow with a long grocery list...so I'll look again. Susan

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  23. I am SO making those this year! I love butter, spice, and pecans so this recipe is perfect me. I know they will taste delicious with a cocktail! Thanks for sharing the recipe :-)

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  24. The double cream isn't in the dairy section. My Publix has a British food area (1 shelf), and the Double Devon cream is there, along with the tea biscuits (but these are also on another aisle, so they are tricksy), and the Devon custard that Kathy mentioned.

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  25. MMmmmmmm! You KNOW I'm going to try these! Maybe these will help warm up the VERY COLD midwest! A hight today of a whopping 3 degrees!
    I wish I lived near Publix! Surely there is something similar to the Devon Cream in the International section at my local market. I made cresent rolls spread with Nutella (before baking them) for dinner tonight. They were awesome! Does that count?
    Hope ya'll stay warm. Vicky--- your husband cracks me up!
    Carol

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  26. Pecans are my absolut favorite nut! I love it sooo much, I have to try this, with this much butter it has to taste fantastic!

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  27. How wonderful! Hubby will love love love this!

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  28. I'm gonna try those pecans for sure! They look yummy. I'll bet they are fabulous on a salad. Have you dropped by Arties? You should see the parmesan cheese cups that he made for salad bowls. Between you and Artie, I don't think I'm going to have to think to hard about Christmas dinner. I did make some amazing cresent rolls ala Pillsbury for dinner tonight. I spread each "triangle" with Nutella before baking them. We ate them hot out of the oven and I don't think they lasted more than 5 minutes. Next time you want to do something really easy... try that!
    My computer is having trouble posting comments on blogs tonight. If you get more than one comment from me on here, please delete one of them. I'd hate to appear like a stalker.:-)
    Carol

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  29. Hello girl! Ohhhh my parents would love this...they always keep a container full of toasted pecans & walnuts..thanks for the recipe and double thanks for coming by and remembering me girl....Merry Christmas to you & yours dear friend!

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  30. Oh these look delicious Gollum. I'll have to try some of these. I know Dh will love them..Thanks for the recipe. Your pesky little mice are running rampant.. I hope you can find time to swing by tomorrow.. would love to have you..hugs ~lynne~

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  31. OK, they're beautiful to look at and I KNOW they're yummy (and JR and I BOTH love chicken salad)... sooooo, dear one, any idea on the caloric intake for these??? Carbs? Sugars? Srry to be a poop, buuuut....... (THANKS!!!)

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  32. Linda, I wouldn't even want to try and figure the calorie count; and let's don't even talk about the cholesterol :-0. But nuts are relatively low-carb.

    Speaking of low carb/low cal...
    I found a salad dressing made by Walden Farms that is delicious--and it has no calories, no carbs, no sugar, no fat. We bought the "bacon" dressing and it was delicious (and I'm picky). They had several types, including Honey Mustard--zero cal.

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  33. Good morning girl..are you aware that your mice are still running rampant? Those little guys are scrurrying here and there. I think we need to send them back your way...hugs ~lynne~

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  34. YUM,I'VE GOT TO TRY THESE.EVERY RECIPE I HAVE TRIED OF YOURS HAS BEEN AWESOME...ANN

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  35. Thanks for sharing this recipe...I'll have to try it this year

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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  36. My hubby says your recipe is great and Thanks! lol Yes we had every farm animial you could name, but took a job traveling with the Aviation Company, we sold off, and gave favorite to friends. Now we are home again, I have goats, a Komador gaurd dog,she's my heart. My chickens. Now the sheep, angora goats,and angora rabbits and turkeys need to come home! lol Maybe not the emu, ducks,geese, because of his ponds. Love you have a donkey, a friend in Alamaba, wants to give some away, he has too many. When the grandchildren who are 5,4,3, and 17 month get older we will buy more horses. I did have the minature horses too, too many to go down the list! Love your little mouse I saw them over at Lynn's!

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  37. Just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Merry Christmas! I enjoy your blog so much!

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  38. My Pop would have loved this recipe. Whenever we'd venture to a restaurant he'd pull out a mini bottle of Tabasco. It didn't matter if it was breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mom was mortified every time he'd reach for it, but we all new he loved his fire water on everything.
    I'm going to try this recipe for New Years. Now I just need to decide if I want to make the
    finger sandwiches (you suggested)
    or top a salad in Arties cheese cups. Hmmm, I say go for all.

    Sweet Holiday Wishes,
    Sara

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  39. Coming to look at this recipe again...rats I forgot the Italian dressing hmmm well have to subsitute with something else (lol) hopefully they will still be tasty;) Thanks for the idea;) French;0)

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