Ring in the Holidays with inspired recipes

by SOURCE Family Features Editorial Syndicate

Mission, Kan.—When Thanksgiving hosts and their guests ponder must-have desserts, one of the most common favorites is an oh-so-delicious pie. More specifically, with nearly endless possibilities and its familiar festive flavor, pecan pie is one of America's most beloved holiday treats.

Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie

From nods to the Northeast's love of maple to celebrating sweet tastes of the West Coast with a citrus twist, the American Pecan Promotion Board is celebrating regionally inspired recipes. While the classic pecan pie is a hit at the Thanksgiving table, you can make it a perfect palette for creativity this year by enjoying local flavors that take the festivities up a notch.

For example, putting a festive spin on the holiday favorite can be as easy as this sweet and savory Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie that's a mouthwatering take on tradition. Or, if you're in need of a quick snack everyone can share while mingling, opt for this Chocolate Cherry Pecan Snack Mix that takes just 20 minutes to prepare. It includes chocolate-glazed pecans tossed with yogurt-covered raisins, pretzels and dried tart cherries – a staple of the North.

When it comes to pecans, great taste is just the beginning. They're the ultimate supernut due to their flavor versatility and nutritional benefits. Next time you're shopping for pie ingredients, remember you can pick up an extra bag to add to favorite appetizers, snacks, meals, desserts and more all holiday season long.

Find more regional recipe inspiration by visiting eatpecans.com.

Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie

Recipe courtesy of Emily Caruso of "Jelly Toast" on behalf of the American Pecan Promotion Board

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 70 minutes

Servings: 10

1          pie dough (9 inches)

4          strips thick-cut bacon

1/2       cup dark corn syrup

1/2       cup light corn syrup

1          cup light brown sugar

2          tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2          tablespoons bourbon

3          large eggs

1/2       teaspoon salt

2 1/2    cups raw pecan halves

Place baking sheet in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 F.

Gently line the pie pan with rolled-out pie dough. Press into edges and up sides. Use fingers or a fork to create a decorative edge. Set aside.

In skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels then chop into small pieces and set aside. Reserve 1/4 cup bacon grease.

In a large bowl, whisk dark corn syrup, light corn syrup, brown sugar, reserved bacon grease, butter and bourbon. Add eggs and salt; whisk until the mixture is even. Fold in pecan halves and chopped bacon.

Pour mixture into pie crust and spread evenly with a spatula. Gently cover the edges of the pie crust with aluminum foil. Place pie on a preheated baking sheet and bake for 60-70 minutes, or until pie is set in center.

Remove the pie from the oven and cool completely before serving or chilling.

Notes: Pie can be made 1 day ahead and refrigerated overnight. Allow pie to come to room temperature before serving.



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