And, since no Super Bowl party (whether for 1 or 100) is complete without the perfect snacks, allow us to take this time to share with you what we lovingly refer to as "Shut Your Mouth Spicy Pecans"! Why "Shut Your Mouth?", you ask. Because, these things are so spicy that they will set your mouth on fire, and maybe clear out your sinuses too. Taken from this recipe by Martha Stewart, they're the perfect addition to any football game, provided there's beer to keep you from breathing fire!
Here's what Martha says you need:
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 tablespoons of cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons of paprika
1/2 cup sugar
2 large egg whites
5 cups of pecans
Here's what we say: Add a pinch of brown sugar, if you have it, and cut back a bit on the cayenne. Now, if you like things super hot nearly unmanigably spicy, go full force with the cayenne. We cut back and they'll still make your nose run!
First, preheat your oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet (or two, depending on how big they are) with parchment paper. Combine all of your dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl or, using your mixer, whip your egg whites until they are foamy and then add your dry ingredients. Stir in your pecans until they're covered and spread them, as a single layer, onto your cookie sheets. Stick them in the oven for 15 minutes at 300 degrees and then reduce your temperature to 250 and cook for 10 more minutes. As soon as they come out of the oven, spread the hot pecans on a fresh sheet of parchment (or wax paper) to cool. Be sure to spread as a single layer so you don't get a gob of pecans. Then, let them cool.
If you made these today, they would still be good on Sunday (assuming they last that long, and that you put them in a baggie or other airtight container.