7 Ways with Pecans

Use versatile, heart-healthy pecans for more than just pecan pie.  They can add rich flavor and crunch to a variety of recipes including appetizers, breads, salads, and main dishes. 

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    National Pecan Shellers Association

    Beyond Pecan Pie

    Pecans are a good source of protein, monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, and fiber. They’re also naturally sodium-free. Pecans are available all year long, and shelled pecans can be kept in the refrigerator for about nine months and for up to two years in the freezer. Use these nuts to add both flavor and crunch to salads, appetizers, main dishes, and, of course, desserts such as pie.
  • Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese
    Photo: Nina Choi

    Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese

    Bring pecans to the appetizer table when you pair sweet-tangy chutney with pungent blue cheese and toasty pecans and serve on top of toasted baguette slices.
  • Zucchini-Pecan Flaxseed Bread
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Zucchini-Pecan Flaxseed Bread

    Stir toasted pecans into the batter of this hearty quick bread and also top the loaf with chopped pecans for baking.
  • Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza

    Take a walk on the culinary wild side with this adventurous pizza. Thinly sliced Fuji apples, goat cheese, toasted pecans, baby arugula, and fresh thyme meld together in a tantalizing blend of flavors for a unique and fresh pizza dinner.
  • Pecan-Crusted Trout
    Photo: Kana Okada; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Pecan-Crusted Trout

    A pan-fried coating of ground pecans and panko yields crunchy texture and adds another level of flavor to the fish.
  • Spinach Salad with Nectarines and Spicy Pecans
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Spinach Salad with Nectarines and Spicy Pecans

    The addition of toasted spiced pecans to this simple fruited green salad makes it a little more memorable if you’re serving a salad for a holiday meal or other special occasion.
  • Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

    Topping a vegetable side dish such as Brussels sprouts makes the dish more special and adds both flavor and extra crunch to the dish.
  • Sweet Potato Tart with Pecan Crust
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Katie Stoddard

    Sweet Potato Tart with Pecan Crust

    Instead of using pecans as a filing for a pie, use ground pecans and whole wheat flour to make a nutty-flavored crust.

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