Bacon Cups, Because That’s What I’ve Been Reduced To

The people of the 19th century had basically the same basic priorities as the people of today:

⦁ Fight Morlocks.
⦁ Eat snacks.

Obviously, the two were deeply interconnected; one can hardly have the energy to battle endless hordes of ravening humanoids without sufficient amounts of protein and sugar in one’s system. This recipe draws on the smoky, sugary-savory taste of pecans, kicks it up with some heat, and adds the natural amino acids inherent in nuts. Together, they’ll give you the strength to defend yourself from monsters, and/or to help you stay awake as you binge-watch the media of your choice.

Yield: 4 servings
Skill Level: 1

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 ½ cups pecan pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Combine corn syrup and next 4 ingredients in large bowl. Stir to blend. Add pecans; stir gently to coat. Transfer to baking sheet.

Bake pecans 5 minutes. Using fork, stir pecans to coat with melted spice mixture. Continue baking until pecans are golden and coating bubbles, about 10 minutes.

Place large piece of foil on work surface and transfer baked nuts to foil. Working quickly, separate nuts with fork. Cool.

Can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

 

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Jeff Mach is an author, playwright, event creator, and certified Villain. You can always pick up his bestselling first novel, "There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN"—or, indeed, his increasingly large selection of other peculiar books. If you'd like to talk more to Jeff, or if you're simply a Monstrous Creature yourself, stop by @darklordjournal on Twitter, or The Dark Lord Journal on Facebook.

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