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Bread Pudding French Toast

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Bread Pudding French Toast


Celebrate the South’s favorite nut with 10 pecan-filled recipes

Just in time for International Pecan Day (March 25 — mark your food calendars!), we've got all the recipes you need to have an all day pecan fest- from breakfast, to lunch and dinner, with some little sweet treats in between. 

Here are 10 recipes to get you in the pecan mood.

Bread Pudding French Toast
Start your pecan-fest off with this nutty update to classic French toast, which involves cutting slabs of chilled bread pudding, tossing in a traditional egg batter, then griddling in the same style as French toast. This brunch darling is the perfect breakfast treat becuase you can (and should) make it a day ahead, then simple reheat it in the oven until nice and bubbly. Finish off this decadent breakfast with even more pecans by adding on this Spiced Pecan Butter.
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Summer Stone Fruit Salad with Blue Cheese and Pecans
Fragrant, nutty pecans and sweet ripe stone fruit meet in this satisfying salad, perfect for a light lunch or part of a no-fuss weeknight dinner. When looking for the perfect stone fruit to pair with pecans in this recipe, look for the darker varieties, which will often be sweeter than their tart red counterparts. 
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Spinach and Blue Cheese Salad With Sliced Apples and Spiced Caramelized Pecans
Pecans get a kick of sweet heat in this fresh and crisp salad, thanks to a mix of cayenne pepper and confectioner's sugar. This recipe will give you more spiced carmelized pecans than needed, which makes for the perfect pick-me up snack! 
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Bacon-Wrapped, Andouille-Stuffed Dates with Pecan Romesco Sauce
Stuffed and wrapped dates, the ubiquitous Mediterranean appetizer, gets a spicy Southern twist in this recipe thanks to andouille sausage, bacon and a smoky pecan dipping sauce. To help the bacon crisp up in the oven, run the back of your knife along each strip before wrapping to make it thinner. 
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Fire-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
Smokey fire-roasted sweet potatoes pair perfectly with toasted pecans to create a creamy and deeply flavorful side, which can easily be made ahead of time and reheated when it's time to eat. 
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Cornbread Dressing with Pecans and Apples
Dressing gets a thoroughly Southern twist with crumbly cornbread, nutty pecans, fragrant sage and marjoram. You can certainly buy cornbread or use a boxed mix, but for the best flavor, try making a homemade version
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Anne Byrn's Chicken Tetrazzini
A crowd pleaser, tetrazzini can be made with either chicken or turkey. You can cook up the chicken from scratch, but it's perfectly fine to use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Making the sauce from scratch — no cans here — is key to success with this dish, and you can alter the seasonings as you see fit. Add cayenne for some heat, a pinch of nutmeg for a touch of sweetness, or stir in a splash of white wine or sherry to brighten up the sauce. 
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Mustard-Pecan Catfish
If an after-work catfish fry is out of the question, here's a more practical meal that features economical, farm-raised fillets that still pay homage to their Southern roots. Instead of being fried, the fillets are dipped in Dijon mustard and milk, then coated with coarsely ground pecans and baked.
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Buttermilk Pralines
A healthy portion of pecans makes this little indulgence seem not so sinful, but feel free to switch out the pecans for your favorite nut to suit your mood. Your first time making these sticky snacks can be a little tricky — using two spoons will help ensure perfectly sized portions and minimal messes. 
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Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Baklava
Classic chocolate pecan pie gets reimagined in the form of a Greek baklava. Layers of flaky, buttery phyllo dough, pecans and chocolate chips are soaked with a molasses syrup to form a handheld pecan pie. The tricky part is working with phyllo dough: for best results, let the phyllo thaw on the countertop while still in the packaging, carefully unwrap, then cover with a damp dish towel while you’re working to keep the dough moist.
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Photo credit (Summer Stone Fruit Salad with Blue Cheese and Pecans): Lauren Booker
Photo credit (Bacon-Wrapped, Andouille-Stuffed Dates with Pecan Romesco Sauce, Buttermilk Pralines, Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie Baklava): Ramona King 
Photo credit (Fire-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans): Maura Friedman
Photo credit (Anne Byrn's Chicken Tetrazzini): Danielle Atkins

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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.