When you think of pecans, what comes to mind? Sure, they’re great on their own, but plenty of us look at pecans as just being a good source for sweet treats like pecan pie or pecan pralines. But did you know that there are hundreds of different recipes out there you can use pecans in every day? In fact, these nuts are among the most versatile options available today. Continue reading
Spring is finally here and with it comes warmer weather and fresh garden greens. For a light meal to beat the heat, there is nothing better than a salad. However, having just a plain salad can leave you feeling unsatisfied, so to add a little heartiness without the heaviness, consider making a delicious salad with pecans. Here are some of our favorite salads that use pecans you should try this spring. Continue reading
You may have seen pecan oil while perusing the specialty items at Natchitoches Pecans and wondered what it is and how to use it. Pecan oil is a delicious alternative to other rich oils like olive or almond oil. It is an incredibly healthy oil because it contains high levels of monounsaturated fats which may help reduce the bad cholesterol that leads to heart disease. Pecan oil also has a very high smoke point at 470°, so it is perfect for all cooking applications including deep frying. The flavor of pecan oil is unparalleled, it imparts a clean, nutty, hickory flavor to any food. If you are curious about our pecan oil, here are some great recipes to try: Continue reading
Brunch is a favorite meal for so many reasons. It takes the best of breakfast and the best of lunch and makes a long, perfect meal to enjoy with your friends and family. If you are planning on hosting a brunch or are looking to bring a dish to a friend’s brunch, you may be wondering what to make. We’ve collected some amazing brunch recipes that will give everyone reason to love pecans for brunch. Continue reading
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
One 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
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.