Mardi 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
The 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
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/
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 meat. Pesto 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 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.
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
- Combine brown sugar, butter, salt and corn syrup in a large saucepan.
- Bring to boil. Continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring often.
- 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.
- Bake for 1 hour in a 250 degree F oven. Stir every 20 minutes.
- Cool on large cookie sheets and ENJOY!
*Variation – Chocolate chips could be added for an extra taste for all the chocolate lovers.
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!
- 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
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.
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…
- 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
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.
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
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
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!
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!
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 package graham crackers
1 cup pecan pieces ( I prefer the large pecan pieces)
1 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter. Add sugar and boil for 2 minutes. Line a jelly roll pan with graham crackers and pour the butter and sugar mixture over the crackers. Spread the pecan pieces evenly over the crackers and sprinkle with the sea salt.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool and break or cut into triangles. Mmmmm…. This pecan treat is something to really enjoy as it will not last long! For the chocolate lover you could add a few chocolate chips over the top before baking. Hope all enjoy!
This side dish features two kinds of cheese, nuts and vegetables baked together to tasty perfection. It’s quick and easy to prepare with the help of cooked rice.
Caramelized Onion, Smoked Gouda and Pecan Rice Tart
2 Tablespoons butter
4 cups sliced sweet mild onion
3 cups cooked rice
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese
3/4 cup chopped pecans
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced onion and saute for eight to 10 minutes, stirring periodically, until onions are browned and caramelized. You can hasten the caramelizing by adding 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar to the onions just as they become translucent.
Meanwhile, combine rice, Parmesan cheese and eggs in a medium bowl. Press the mixture into bottom of a 10-inch removable-bottom pan. Distribute onion over crust and top with smoked Gouda and pecans. Bake in preheated oven 12 to 15 minutes, until pecans are toasted.
Makes six servings.
Taken from Mid-South Farmer