Five Pecan Pie Recipes To Go Nuts For!

Five Pecan Pie Recipes To Go Nuts For!Is there anything more delicious than a homemade pecan pie? This classic dish defines Southern cuisine and delights people across the country. Served with a little whipped cream, ice cream, or for the adults, bourbon sauce, is the perfect way to end any meal. We’ve collected some of our favorite pecan pie recipes, so you can go nuts for this Southern classic. Continue reading

The Best Valentine’s Pecan Recipes For Your Special Someone

The Best Valentine’s Pecan Recipes For Your Special SomeoneOne of the best ways to show your love for the special someone in your life is with a homemade treat. The time and care put into making something special from scratch shows so much love and appreciation. Plus, when you make something from scratch, you can ensure that your significant others really receives something they love. In order to help you figure out what delicious goodie to make your love this Valentine’s Day, we’ve collected some of our favorite romantic pecan recipes. Continue reading

Celebrate Mardi Gras With These Classic Pecan Recipes

Celebrate Mardi Gras With These Classic Pecan RecipesMardi Gras is celebrated widely across the world, but is most known for the carnival celebrations in New Orleans. With New Orleans’ incredible food culture, it’s no surprise that best part of celebrating Mardi Gras is eating the food. As a favorite Southern holiday tradition, it is no surprise that many of these great foods use another Southern favorite: Pecans. If you are looking for something delicious to try to celebrate Mardi Gras this year, consider adding these classic pecan recipes. Continue reading

3 Pecan Recipes To Have This Holiday Season

3 Pecan Recipes To Have This Holiday SeasonThe holiday season is around the corner.  Enjoyable moments are shared either from the excitement of gifts or to getting to spend time with family.  In addition, everyone knows the best part of every holiday celebration is the delicious treats to feast on.  Therefore, pecan recipes are a must have on hand item for this time of year. Continue reading

Pecans Rank High Because of Their Versatility

The pecan’s versatility is such that it can be used in pesto.  Using pecans as an added ingredient in a pesto recipe adds an interesting flavor.  Pecans will also enhance the overall nutritional value of any dish because of all the different vitamins and minerals found in them.

Chipotle Pecan Pesto uses pecans instead of pine nuts.  To view recipe go to http://www.delishplan.com/chipotle-pecan-pesto/

Use pecans instead of pine nuts.

Chipotle Pecan Pesto

 

What is pesto?  A sauce that is made with basil, pine nuts, olive oil, and grated Parmesan cheese blended together and served hot or cold over pasta, fish, or meatPesto originated around the 16th century in the northern Italy.  The name Pesto comes from the Genoese word pestâ.   Pestâ means to pound or to crush.

Here is a list of different ways to use pesto:

  • On Bread – spread  a generous amount of your favorite pesto on a slice of your favorite type of bread.   Sprinkle with some fresh Parmesan cheese and broil until toasted and warm.
  • Dip – make vegetables more exciting when you serve them with a delicious pesto dipping sauce. This goes especially well with grilled veggies during the summer.
  • As a Sandwich Spread – instead of mayo on your sandwich, try pesto.
  • Marinade or Meat Sauce – marinade meat in pesto with  some kind of acid (vinegar or citrus juice) and a little extra olive oil added to thin it out.
  • Pizza Sauce – rather than a marinara, use pesto as a sauce for your next pizza.
  •  Green Beans -toss 1 pound steamed green beans with 3 tablespoons pesto and the juice of 1/2 lemon.

 

 

 

 

Caramel Popcorn Pecan Crunch

Caramel Popcorn Pecan Crunch will be a delicious treat to bring to tailgate parties or family gatherings to enjoy while watching the weekend football games.  This easy recipe would also be a great idea to use for tasty gifts for the upcoming holidays.  Find an attractive gift bag, fill it with pecan crunch,  attach the recipe to the top and present it to the special people on your list.  Pecans added to any recipe contribute to the nutrition value of that dish.  Pecans provide antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and heart health properties.

Ingredients

20 cups popped popcorn

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup butter

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tsp vanilla

4 cups large pecan pieces

1 tsp soda

Directions

  1. Combine brown sugar, butter, salt and corn syrup in a large saucepan.
  2. Bring to boil.  Continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla and soda, stirring quickly.  Pour over the popped popcorn and pecan pieces that have been placed into a large oven safe pan.  Mix well.
  4. Bake for 1 hour in a 250 degree F oven.  Stir every 20 minutes.
  5. Cool on large cookie sheets and ENJOY!

*Variation – Chocolate chips could be added for an extra  taste for all the chocolate lovers.

Caramel Popcorn Pecan Crunch

Caramel Popcorn Pecan Crunch

 

All Occasion Pecan Log Recipe

Here is a simple pecan log recipe that can be used for all occasion celebrations throughout the year.  Do you remember the taste of fluffy, cherry-laced nougat rolled in fresh caramel and pecan pieces?  Mmmm… I can close my eyes and taste one now.  And it would not be a small slice of the pecan log roll as I can eat the entire roll!

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 Tbsp evaporated milk
  • 3/4 tsp rum flavoring
  • 2 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar – sifted
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped candied cherries
  • 24 – 30 caramels
  • 1 1/2 cup pecan pieces

DIRECTIONS

Combine 2 Tablespoons milk and rum flavoring in bowl; blend in confectioner’s sugar.  Knead until smooth and shiny; blend in cherries, adding additional confectioners’ sugar, if necessary.  Shape into 6-inch logs and roll in waxed paper.  Chill until firm.  Combine caramels with remaining milk; heat over boiling water until melted, stirring frequently.  Pour melted caramels  into medium bowl and  roll chilled log in caramel mixture to coat evenly and then quickly roll caramel coated log over the pecan pieces.  Roll in waxed paper and chill until firm.

 

Fluffy cherry laced pecan log roll.

Fluffy cherry laced pecan log roll.

 

Spring Time Cream Cheese Pecan Pie Recipe

This version of the pecan pie has three delicious layers that make for a taste tantalizing experience.  Celebrate Spring time tomorrow with a delicious cream cheese pecan pie!  Try it and let us know what you thought…

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan pieces (chopped)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup (Karo)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten well with a fork
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar in a bowl.  Beat at high speed with an electric mixer until fluffy.  Add 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Blend well.  Pour into the pie shell.  Sprinkle the pecans evenly over the cream cheese mixture.

Combine the corn syrup, 1/4 cup sugar, 3 beaten eggs and vanilla, mixing well. Carefully pour mixture over the pecan layer. Bake at 375°F for 35 to 40 minutes or until set. Allow to cool completely, then refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Spring Time Cream Cheese Pecan Pie Recipe

Spring Time Cream Cheese Pecan Pie Recipe

 

Easter Cocoa Spiced Pecans

Because of the many days of cloudy wet weather that has held me hostage inside my house instead of out in the pecan orchard, I find myself searching cookbooks for unusual pecan recipes to try for our family’s upcoming Easter celebration.  I ran across one for Cocoa Spiced Pecans that I felt worthy of sharing.

 

COCOA SPICED PECANS

Ingredients

Parchment paper or nonstick cooking spray

1 large egg white

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon Baking Cocoa

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 cups pecan halves

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper or spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk together the egg white, sugar, salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper in bowl.  Stir in the pecans and stir until completely coated.  Pour the pecans onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer.

Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven.  Stir to separate the pecans.  Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees F and continue to bake for 15 minutes.  Cool completely on baking sheet and then break into pieces.  Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

These can be sprinkled over your favorite salad greens.  Cut up a few strawberries and or blueberries to add color and “Voila” – enjoy!

COCOA SPICED PECANS

COCOA SPICED PECANS

National Pecan Pie Day

National Pecan Pie Day is annually celebrated on July 12.  With that being said everyone needs to be sure they have shelled pecans on hand to make this delicious dessert.

What is pecan pie?  Wikipedia.org defines pecan pie as a pie made primarily with corn syrup and pecan nuts.  Variations may include white or brown sugar, sugar syrup, molasses, maple syrup, or honey.  It is popularly served at holiday meals and is also considered a specialty of  Southern U.S. cuisine. Most pecan recipes for this pie include salt and vanilla as flavorings. Chocolate and bourbon whiskey are other popular additions to the recipe.  Pecan pie is often served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 

Pecan pie is actually French in origin.  The first American pecan pies were baked by French immigrants living in New Orleans.  Many years later, the Karo company popularized this creation with recipes that called for the company’s corn syrup as one of the ingredients.  The recipe below is simple to prepare so try it and let us know how it turned out!

 

Happy Pecan Pie Day

Happy Pecan Pie Day