Orange Chipotle Spiced Pecans Mix
Morita chiles are red, fully mature Chipotles. This gives them a unique, medium – hot smokey flavor which is popular in many Southwestern dishes. These can be added to sauces (including Mole) to add smokey flavor and maintain the red color of the sauces. These peppers are about 2-4 inches in length, 1 inch in width, and have a deep brick reddish brown color. The word Chipotle translated to smoked chile. Consider the Chipotle a 6.5 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest). Scoville heat units 7,000-25,000.
Use Morita in enchilada sauces, chili, stews, barbecue ribs, and corn bread. Their smoky quality combines well with poultry, meats and fall squash.
1 Tbsp grated orange rind
1 Tbsp fresh orange juice
1 large egg white
2 cups pecan halves
1 Tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground chipotle chili pepper (grind dried chile in coffee grinder till a fine powder)
1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Whisk together orange zest, orange juice and large egg white in a medium bowl. Stir in pecans, coating well. In a separate bowl, combine sugar, salt and chili pepper add to pecan mixture and toss well. Spread mixture in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 225 for one hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and cool completely. Stir in cranberries and enjoy! Can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.