I’ve talked before about my love affair with nuts.
As hard as I try, I just can’t stay away from them! They’re the perfect little mindless munchable snack. One of the best things about them is their versatility. They’re the perfect blank canvas for the seasoning of your choice. They can be sweet or savory, salty or smoky, or best of all, bacon-y.
When I saw bacon roasted pecans on the menu at a local restaurant, I knew I had to take my own spin on them, and what goes better together than maple and bacon? It’s one of those flavor pairings that just goes together, like peanut butter and jelly.
To my vegetarian friends, I sincerely apologize. These pecans might possibly be some of the best I’ve ever had!
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon
- 1 1/2 cups pecans
- 2 1/2 tbsp bacon grease (from cooked bacon)
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil and place wire rack on top. Set bacon on wire rack and bake for about 15 minutes until crispy. Reserve bacon grease that has dripped into foil-lined pan. Set bacon aside.
- Toss pecans in bacon grease, maple syrup, ginger, and cinnamon. Spread pecans in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes until pecans are fragrant, stirring 1-2 times throughout.
- Allow pecans to cool, and crumble cooked bacon. Mix bacon in with pecans and serve.