Once toasted in the oven, I find that pecans have the best crunch of all the nuts. They're great on their own as a pre-dinner snack or tossed into salads, but also retain their buttery crunch when baked into loaves of bread and cookies. I also love all the nooks and crannies in the top, which are perfect for collecting spices or holding a bit of sauce.
Pecans are actually a member of the hickory family, and the trees can continue producing nuts for hundreds of years. Pecan harvest happens in the fall, which is probably why pecan pie became such a prominent Thanksgiving staple. These nuts have a high fat content, which can cause them to quickly go rancid. Be sure to buy nuts as fresh as you can find them and then keep the nuts in the freezer for longer-term storage.
What are your favorite recipes with pecans?
More Pecan Recipes and Ideas:
• Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie
• Classic Southern Pralines
• Pearl Couscous with Mint and Pecans
• Goat Cheese Pops with Herbs, Bacon, and Pecans
• Savory Spiced Pecans
• Steel-Cut Oats with Dates, Coconut, Cinnamon, and Pecans
• Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Cherries and Pecans
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