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Nov 3, 2009 05:24 AM

Best pecan recipes?

We just harvested (and had processed) about 6 lbs. of pecans from our trees. Now what to do with them other than pie and spiced nuts? I am looking for your best pecan recipes, please! Salad combinations, savory dishes, desserts... anything as long as it tried and true. Thanks!

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  1. Finely chopped as a crust for baked or sauteed chicken, pork, or fish, and for French toast.

    Some Indian sauces, like korma, use cashews but other nuts are just as good.

    Make up a large batch of topping for fruit crisps, including the chopped nuts, and keep it in the freezer to make impromptu dessert crisps.

    Include finely chopped nuts in chicken salad.

      1. I make a quick salad with mixed greens, gorgonzola or blue cheese crumbles, dried cranberries and pecans, either toasted or not. I usually use a homemade vinagrette made with balsamic since that can really stand up to the other strong flavors in this salad. everyone loves it.

        1. Chewy Pecan Diamonds is the name of the recipe at epicurious. Pralined pecans atop a butter cookie. Yum.

          I also like to use that recipe as a way to make pralined pecans which are great to munch on and excellent in salads. If pecans and goat cheese are a classic pairing, pralined pecans and goat cheese are even better.

          That said, I would love to find a good recipe for pralined or candied pecans. When I search for them, the praline recipes are over-the-top with sweetness and candy, or else they are too wimpy and eggy and don't yield the crunchy candy coating I'm looking for. The best I've done so far is to take the pecan topping in the recipe above and spread is out on parchment, cook it, and break it up. Its close to what I like, but if anyone has a good recipe, I'd love to hear about it.

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          1. re: BernalKC

            The easy technique for sweet and savory spiced nuts in the Nov/Dec '99 Cooks Illustrated - - should give you a hand with the process though you might want to adjust the ingredients to your own preferences.

            1. re: greygarious

              Oh yeah, sounds like a winner. Thanks.

              I don't have an account on Cooks Illustrated, but Google gives me 2-3 nearly identical recipes by that name, so I'm guessing they're all the same. But for use in salads, I wonder if you'd want to skip the spice mix and just use the glaze by itself? I might just have to start experimenting with that tonight.

              1. re: BernalKC

                You can sign up for a free 14-day trial online membership on CI's website. I like the curry version (on almonds) for nuts to be used in salad.

          2. I too put them in salads with dried cranberries over arugula. One of my favorites is toasted pecans over haricots verts with some gorgonzola crumbled on top.