Sweet & Spicy Salad Nuts

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These nuts are the perfect finishing touch to the Creation Salad, or to just about any other salad.  Whip up a batch and keep them on hand at all times-you may get hooked!

 3         cups broken pecans

  1         extra large egg white

  1/2      teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1/4      teaspoon ground cumin

  1/8      teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  1/2      teaspoon smoked paprika

  1/4      cup sugar

  1/2      teaspoon salt

Place the egg white in a medium mixing bowl and beat with a whisk until light and very frothy.  Beat in the spices, sugar, and salt until very well combined. 

Preheat oven to 325-degrees F.

While the oven heats allow the egg white mixture stand, allowing sugar to dissolve; then whisk again to recombine ingredients. Add pecans to mixture and stir until all of the nuts are coated and everything is evenly combined.

Spread out evenly on a half sheet pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.  Bake the pecans in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.  Stir pecans and rearrange on pan, and continue baking until browned and beginning to crisp, another 15 minutes or so.Using a spatula, scrape nuts onto another baking sheet and allow to cool completely.  Nuts will crisp as they cool!

Store pecans in an airtight container.  They will keep at room temperature 14 days. (Freeze or refrigerate if storing longer.)

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