CHRISTMAS RECIPES TO REPEAT: UTTERLY DEADLY SOUTHERN PECAN PIE

Don’t be discouraged by the name! This spin on a Christmas classic is only deadly to your calorie count this holiday season! Once you’ve made a pecan pie in a cast-iron skillet, you may never go back to a pie plate. Simply press a refrigerated pie crust into the skillet, sprinkle with sugar, top with the pecan mixture, and bake. Serving it in the skillet is also easy and makes the dish even more Southern.

Don’t forget the farm to table connection!

Be sure to watch this short video featuring Natchitoches Pecans, Inc. based in Louisiana that shows how pecans go from the tree to your pie!

Ingredients

    Pecans still on the tree.

    Pecans still on the tree.

  • 1/2 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons bourbon*
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Fit piecrust into a 10-inch cast-iron skillet; sprinkle piecrust with powdered sugar.
  2. Whisk eggs in a large bowl until foamy; whisk in brown sugar and next 6 ingredients. Pour mixture into piecrust, and top with pecan halves.
  3. Bake at 325° for 30 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 300°, and bake 30 more minutes. Turn oven off, and let pie stand in oven, with door closed, 3 hours.

*Vanilla extract may be substituted.

Did you know?  More facts about pecans …

  • Pecans are native tree nuts to the United States and North America. Before European settlers arrived, Native Americans widely consumed and traded pecans.
A native pecan tree.

A native pecan tree.

  • “Pecan” is from an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack.
  • It takes a magnificent tree to produce a great-tasting nut. Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher. Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter
  • The U.S. produces about 80 percent of the world’s pecan crop.
  • Georgia is the number one producer of pecans in the U.S. followed closely by New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. In fact, Georgia has been the top pecan producing state in the nation since the late 1800s.
  • America’s President, food connoisseur and gardener, Thomas Jefferson, was very taken by the flavor of pecans and had trees imported from Louisiana for his Monticello orchards.
  • The pecan is heart healthy and contains antioxidants, 19 vitamins and minerals and healthy fat. One of the mineral components is zinc, which is important in producing testosterone in both males and females.
  • One ounce of pecans provides 10% of the recommended daily fiber intake.

derek rapp

Derek Rapp
Illinois State University

 

 

More fun pecan facts can be found here!

http://mobile-cuisine.com/did-you-know/pecan-fun-facts/
http://www.ilovepecans.org/pecans-101/fun-facts-about-pecans/
http://www.tropicalfoods.com/6974/pecanfunfacts/
http://www.georgiapecansfit.org/general-info/pecan-facts

Recipe website:
http://www.southernliving.com/food/kitchen-assistant/christmas-pie-recipes/utterly-deadly-southern-pecan-pie-recipe

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