Pecan Recipe Tips

How to roast the perfect pecan:

Basic Toasted Pecans
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place 1/2 cup of shelled pecans on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for approximately 7 minutes. Check toward the end, to be sure they don’t burn.

Dry Sautéed Pecans
Heat a dry sauté pan over medium high heat. Add shelled pecans and roast, tossing or stirring frequently. Do not leave unattended, as the pecans can burn quickly. When the pecans are browned, remove the pan from the heat and turn the nuts onto a cool plate to stop them from cooking further.

Tips for Lightening Your Favorite Recipes

Ingredient Makeovers

Avoid Substitute
Processed, melted cheeses like American and Cheddar Lower-fat Swiss, Mozzarella or Parmesan
Full-fat cream cheese and sour cream Low-fat or fat free version
Pork and high fat sausage Substitute Low-fat sausage or turkey sausage (always drained well)
Egg yolks Egg whites or egg substitute
Butter or margarine Use butter substitutes or use applesauce and yogurt to add moistness to baked goods
Regular mayonnaise Use low-fat or fat-free or substitute lower fat version of sour cream


What ingredients to add:

  • Toasted pecans
  • More vegetables
  • Fresh herbs
  • Fruit such as apples, pears, oranges and mangoes
  • Olive oil instead of butter
  • Garlic
  • Dried fruits, such as sweetened cranberries or raisins
  • Fruit juices
  • A little wine or sherry to enhance flavor
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