Pecans are a wonderfully delicious nut that enhance the flavor and visual appeal of a myriad of dishes from the rich and savory to the delicately sweet.
Pecans begin to fall from the trees during the State Fair/Halloween/Thanksgiving season, just in time for those tasty treats that help make these occasions so much fun.
Pecan snacks can be simple enough for kids to make. A favorite pre-teen snack is roasted pecans. For the salty version, simply sprinkle a little salt and melted butter over the pecans and roast in a broiler or toaster oven for ten minutes. There is no need to turn them-roasting just the tops is fine. For the sweet version, sprinkle with some brown sugar and butter and roast in the broiler for ten minutes or until the brown sugar melts. The amount of brown sugar to use varies by taste. Stick toothpicks in the top of the pecans for ease of handling. The toothpicks with the colored flags make them a festive addition to a party refreshment table.
A fall staple is candy apples. Whether covered in candy coating, chocolate, or caramel, a coating of chopped pecans will certainly add to the fun.
Try the chopped pecans on the top of frosted cake. People typically add chopped pecans to their Red Velvet Cakes, but it also wonderful on vanilla or chocolate cakes. Try pecans on a chocolate Sunday or banana split.
Pecans can also be used in savory dishes. To use is in wild rice, simply mix in 1/4 cups of pecans to every cup of rice used. For salad, sprinkle in enough pecan halves to match the amount of croutons used. Use pecans to cover your cheese ball. There are almost endless possibilites of what can be done with pecans.