Pecan lovers- prepare to be excited. There are two pecan days, and they are quite close together. March 25th is Pecan Day (and also waffle day) and April 14 is National Pecan Day. And if you are a die-hard fan of the pecan pie, there is even a special day for you as well! July 12th is National Pecan Pie Day.
Why are there two pecan days? No one knows. In fact, I could find almost nothing online about why there is even a pecan day at all- let alone two. I guess pecan lovers just really go nuts about holidays. :-)
The pecan is immortalized in the pecan pie, but under-utilized in other dishes. Pecans are a great product to add to a stockpile, because the nuts will last for quite some time and freeze extremely well. For best long-term storage results, leave the nuts in their shells. And if you have been saving your pecans since the fall and wondering what to do with them, try using them in one of these amazing recipes!
In celebration of pecan day, I have collected some amazing non-pie pecan recipes for you to try on either of these two nutty holidays.
Pecan Waffles (a must for March 25th)
With this recipe for pecan waffles, you can celebrate both pecan day and waffle day at the same time. The recipe from The Sweet Life uses ground pecans, salted caramel, and apples. I am drooling just looking at the ingredients list. The ingredients in these waffles are all healthy, too!
Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
We rarely make cinnamon rolls because I have the patience of a goldfish, but I am currently on a quest to find a healthy(ish) replacement for donuts. This pecan cinnamon roll recipe from The Adventure Bite looks amazingly delicious.
Pecan Crusted Fish
I once had pecan crusted fish from a restaurant, and it was one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten. This recipe for pecan crusted fish from Wellness Mama looks like it might be even more delicious than the one I ate.
Pecan-Topped Sweet Potatoes
I never thought to top sweet potatoes with pecans, but this recipe from The Stone Soup look so delicious, I may just have to try it. The recipe is near the end of the post, so scroll through the top of the post to view the recipe.
Butter Pecan Ice Cream
If you love buttered pecan ice cream, then this recipe from Poires au Chocolat will make you flip. It is full of decadent ingredients like butter, cream, egg yolks, and of course, pecans. The pictures look so amazing; I want to eat the ice cream right off the page.
Mixed Salad with Pecans
A common way to eat pecans is roasted in a salad. The Pioneer Woman has an amazing recipe using roasted pecans, blue cheese, apples, and dried cherries. The perfect salad for a warm day!
If you want even more ideas for pecans check out Pecans: A Savor the South Cookbook.
Easy Roasted Pecans
I do not particularly care for the taste of raw pecans, which is why I am such a fan of roasted pecans! There are millions of ways to roast them, with sugar, maple, cinnamon, and even cheese; but those recipes can get complicated. That is what makes a simple roasted pecan recipe like this one from Add a Pinch so great! All it takes is butter, salt, and pecan halves.
Do you love pecans? What is your favorite way to eat these tasty nuts?