Whitney Miller’s Savory Southern Pecans

Hey y’all! I’m Whitney Miller, and as Tervis introduces a new collection that’s perfect for everything from backyard barbecues to holiday parties, I’m thrilled to be on hand as your guide to all things entertaining. I’m a TV chef personality, cookbook author and food judge. My entertaining roots run deep because I grew up in the South, where hospitality has no season. Sunday lunches often mean a gathering of 40 or more family and friends. Sweet iced tea is made by the gallon and served, of course, in everyone’s favorite Tervis tumbler.

In the coming months, I will be sharing my tips for entertaining as well as delicious recipes right here on the Tervis blog as well as on Pinterest. One of my favorite entertaining recipes for a quick and easy snack is my Savory Southern Pecans. Taking advantage of October’s pecan harvest, I love to showcase these rich flavorful nuts by simply coating them in a combination of spices and baking until crunchy.  A guaranteed crowd pleaser, these salty, slightly spicy nuts will have your guests coming back for more.  My Savory Southern Pecans are best served warm, alongside your favorite beverage in a tumbler from the Entertaining Collection!

Savory Southern Pecans

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 ½ cups pecan halves
  • ½ tablespoon salted butter, melted


  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Combine the first 8 ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. In another small bowl, whisk the egg white until light and fluffy. Stir in the spice mixture until combined and then add the pecan halves. Mix well.
  4. Drizzle the melted butter over the pecans and toss to coat. Transfer to a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for about 8 minutes or until toasted and then let stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately or slightly warm.
  7. Makes 2 ½ cups


Whitney MillerWhen she was just 22, Whitney Miller won the first U.S. season of the Fox show MasterChef. She is the author of Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm. While working on her second cookbook, she frequently travels around the U.S. and as far away as China to conduct cooking demonstrations and culinary classes. For more, visit whitneymiller.net, connect with Whitney MillerH on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @whitneymillerH.