7 Creative Pecan Favorite Recipes

In the American South, the native pecan is featured in countless beloved dishes. April is designated as National Pecan Month, and I am excited to share some of my best pecan-forward recipes with you! From classic pecan desserts to savory veggie meatballs, these pecan recipes may become family favorites.

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ChefBear Complete Meals - chocolate-pecan mousse tart

chocolate-pecan mousse tart

No Southern-style supper would be complete without a tempting pecan dessert, such as this tart. It is a decadent mixture of heavenly chocolate mousse, layered in a baked crust, and covered with chopped pecans. If you want to up the sweet factor, serve your pecan tart warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

ChefBear Complete Meals - pecan pilaf

pecan pilaf

Take the nutty goodness of rice, and mix it with crunchy pecans, and you have a dish that your whole family will enjoy. The rice is cooked in a flavorful chicken broth, with butter, onions, and aromatic spices. Make this recipe as a side dish for a pork roast, or a stand-alone dish for a simple supper. To make this pilaf vegetarian/vegan-friendly, opt for margarine and veggie broth.

ChefBear Complete Meals - spaghetti & vegetarian pecan meatballs

spaghetti & vegetarian pecan meatballs

Are you searching for new ways to create vegetarian dishes? Try these tasty “meatless” meatballs, featuring crushed pecans; instead of meat, these meatballs get their hardy texture with pecan meal, breadcrumbs, cheese, and plenty of savory spices. Try them with your usual spaghetti recipe and see if your family misses the meat.

ChefBear Complete Meals - sticky buns with butterscotch

sticky buns with butterscotch

Would you like to surprise your family one morning with some hot treats from the oven? Try this recipe for gooey, buttery sticky buns. It is a snap to make the yeast dough and roll up it with a filling of brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans. After the rolls puff up beautifully in the oven, drizzle them with the butterscotch glaze.

ChefBear Complete Meals - crunchy broccoli & fruit salad

crunchy broccoli & fruit salad

Here is a delightful salad that would be superb for the holidays or any night of the week. Toss chopped broccoli florets with diced apples, shredded carrots, red onions, and dried cranberries. Up the crunch factor with chopped pecans. The creamy dressing is a mix of mayo, Greek yogurt, and tasty spices. Your family will love the fabulous flavors and textures!

ChefBear Complete Meals - homemade toffee

homemade toffee

If you are a toffee enthusiast, you know what the irresistible blend of chocolate and nuts in a buttery brittle does to your sweet tooth! Try my quick & easy version to satisfy your sweet/salty/crunchy cravings in one bite! Make a double batch to share with friends & family.

ChefBear Complete Meals - greek yogurt chicken salad

greek yogurt chicken salad

Instead of the usual mayonnaise dressing, this Greek-inspired chicken salad uses a mixture of tangy Greek yogurt and mashed avocado. In each bite, you get tender chunks of chicken, chopped pecans, grapes, dried cranberries, chopped celery, and sweet tarragon. Serve it as a hearty sandwich filling or on a bed of lettuce.