Balsamic-Honeyed Pecans

I love the idea of giving homemade food gifts to friends and family at the holidays, but most of my old choices seem like ‘too much’ these days.  Who really needs more cookies, fudge or homemade candy?  Of course it is not nice to deprive people of these things entirely but I feel very confident that none of the people upon whom I usually bestow gifts will go without.  Ideally the gift is nourishing and satisfying… special but not unhealthy.

I have made spicy roasted nuts in the past (Roasted Chili Lime Nuts), and these will be the gift for some folks, but I couldn’t shake the notion that I should make something on the sweet side.  The solution was to try roasting pecans with balsamic vinegar and honey.  The balsamic gave a little depth of flavor without having to use a lot of sugar.

I made some to put on the salad at Thanksgiving and ate all of the extra very quickly….. so I should probably plan on making theses babies very close to gift giving time so that I actually leave some for the giftee.

Bonus!  They are also not hard to make.  But don’t tell anyone!

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