Spicy pecans


6 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 teaspoons Tabasco
1 pound whole pecans
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt


Preheat oven to 350°. Place butter on a large cookie sheet with sides. Place in oven for about 5 minutes to melt the butter. Remove from oven and stir in the Tabasco. Add the pecans to the pan and sprinkle them with the sugar and salt. Stir well to coat all the pecans. Place back in the oven and bake for 30 minutes stirring two to three times during the baking. Remove from the oven and drain in a colander. There will be some excess butter. Save it if you like – it is great for sautéing. Allow pecans to cool. Serves 10 to 12 armchair quarterbacks.