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Indulge with Pecans

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While we may not be able to decide whether it’s pronounced “pee-kan” or “p’khan,” all can agree that this sweet, buttery nut is synonymous with Southern culinary culture. With over 100 different varieties, pecans present infinite possibilities in the kitchen, ranging from sweet treats like pies and pralines to savory crusts on chicken and fish fillet. According to Young Plantations, one of South Carolina’s most popular pecan producers and retailers, pecans are also “packed with beneficial minerals, vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants essential to wellness.” So next time you take a big slice of pecan pie, don’t feel so bad.

The Savory Nuts

Rabbit Loin and Braised Rabbit Leg
with Smoked Pecan Purée

Photo by Johnny Autry
Rabbit Loin and Braised Rabbit Leg with Smoked Pecan Purée. Photo by Johnny Autry.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
with Sorghum and Chipotle Pecan Butter

Photo by Lang Thomas
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sorghum and Chipotle-Pecan Butter. Photo by Lang Thomas.

Fig Salad Vinaigrette
with Spiced Pecans

Photo by Nick Simonite
Fig Salad Vinaigrette with Spiced Pecans. Photo by Nick Simonite.

Roasted Butternut Squash
with Pecan Sorghum Streusel

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecan Sorghum Streusel
Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecan Sorghum Streusel. Photo by Andrew Cebulka.

Sweet Snacks

Salted Honey, Benton’s Bacon, and Toasted Popcorn

Photo by Olivia Rae James
Salted Honey, Benton’s Bacon, and Toasted Pecan Popcorn. Photo by Olivia Rae James.

Date, Pecan, and Bacon Cheese Ball
with Curried Peach Preserves

Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock
Date, Pecan, and Bacon Cheese Ball with Curried Peach Preserves. Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock.

Rosemary Roasted Pecans

Rosemary Roasted Pecans
Rosemary Roasted Pecans. Photo by Andrew Sherman.

Pecan Pie Squares

Recipe November 2012
Pecan Pie Squares. Photo by Evan Sung.

Molasses Ginger Cookies
with Bourbon-Glazed Pecans

Photo by Amy Pezzicara
Molasses Ginger Cookies with Bourbon-Glazed Pecans. Photo by Amy Pezzicara.

Frozen Treats

Coffee Semifreddo
with Salted Pecan Croquant

Coffee Semifreddo with Salted Pecan Croquant from The Local Palate Test Kitchen in Charleston, South Carolina
Coffee Semifreddo with Salted Pecan Croquant. Photo by Callie Cranford.

Maple Pudding Pops
with Crème Fraîche and Smoked Pecans

Photo by Bryan Regan
Maple Pudding Pops with Whiskey Crème Fraîche and Smoked Pecans. Photo by Bryan Regan.

The Pies

Vivian Howard’s Pecan Streusel Pie

Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock
Vivian Howard's Pecan Streusel Pie with Chocolate Ice Cream. Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock.

Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie

Pecan Pie with Caramel Sauce
Chocolate Pecan Chess Pie with Bourbon Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce. Photo by Jennifer Hitchcock.