When we hear “pecans,” the first thing that comes to mind is a classic, sticky-sweet pecan pie. But pecans are great for dishes besides dessert—you can mix them with roasted vegetables, add them to a sweet potato gratin or put some crunch in a green salad. Here, our best savory pecan recipes.
Pecan halves sautéed with butter, sugar, and ground ginger are positively addictive. Serve them with ice cream, a selection of cookies, or fruit desserts, or on their own after dessert as petit fours. They're quick to make and, presented in tins, are great holiday gifts. If you prepare the pecans more than two days ahead, add another half teaspoon of ginger, since the flavor dissipates over time. More Cocktail Party Recipes