Spicy Orange Pecans

Preparation info

  • Makes

    2 cups

    • Difficulty

      Easy

Appears in

China Moon Cookbook

By Barbara Tropp

Published 1992

  • About

A variation on a Hunanese sweetmeat that was a favorite recipe in my first cookbook, this has become an equally popular predinner treat at China Moon. The combination of rich pecans, fresh orange zest, and sugar zapped with a bit of salt is wonderful.

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