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Are You A Pecan Fan? + Your Chance To Win!

“Bet you’re thinking I’ve gone and put the wrong picture on this post… I’m meant to be blabbing on about pecans and here is a picture of a burger with wedges…. right? I’ll be honest, pecans never used to be a nut I was interested in. I was a pistachio, peanut, cashew kinda gal. But...”

Are You A Pecan Fan? + Your Chance To Win!

Are You A Pecan Fan? + Your Chance To Win!

Bet you’re thinking I’ve gone and put the wrong picture on this post… I’m meant to be blabbing on about pecans and here is a picture of a burger with wedges…. right?

I’ll be honest, pecans never used to be a nut I was interested in. I was a pistachio, peanut, cashew kinda gal. But since starting this food blog, my tastes buds are appreciating new things.

My blinkers had been on for years, and I only thought you put pecans in pecan pie or brownies. To which I didn’t really fancy, but lately, I’ve been putting them in salads, and the best way I’ve found so far, in burgers (recipe below).


So why should you eat more pecans?

They are packed with the ‘good’ fats our body needs –  monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-3. These help keep your heart healthy and can help lower cholesterol. They now carry the National Heart Foundation’s tick of approval.

They are also high in antioxidants (higher capacity than any other nut) and contain five more antioxidants than raw broccoli. This helps to look and feel young (and who doesn’t what that!) They are also a handy snack to have when you are managing your weight with their fibre and protein levels. And just eating a handful a day will provide you with 10 minerals and vitamins, to help promote healthy blood vessels and strong immunity.

The first 100 people to become official pecan fans receive a t-shirt and a storage container:

To find out more about pecans and recipes to inspire you:

Pecan Beef Burgers

500g finely ground mince steak
2 rindless bacon rashers, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup chopped Pecans

1. Mix together thoroughly in a bowl all beef mixture ingredients, except peacans.

2. Shape into 4 large or 12 small burger patties; roll each in the finely chopped Pecans and place on a flat tray.

3. Cook in an oiled fry pan or on the barbeque.

4.  Serve on a fresh bun with desired toppings; eg:  lettuce, tomato, cheese, pineapple, beetroot, egg, etc..



Want to win a pecan fan pack?

You could win a pecan fan t-shirt, pecan oil and pecans all by answering one question!

What is your favorite way to enjoy pecans?

The best answer will be sent a pecan pack. This competition is only available to people living in Australia (sorry everywhere else!)

Entries close Sunday 17th April 2010, and the winner will be announced on this blog on Tuesday 19th April. Winner will be notified by email, and pecan pack will be posted by Porter Novelli; so please leave your email address when commenting and making your entry below. If the winner fails to respond with their postal address within the required time, the prize will go to the next best entry.

Iron Chef Shellie sampled pecans thanks to Porter Novelli.


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20 comments on “Are You A Pecan Fan? + Your Chance To Win!
  1. Mez - March 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Oh my GOD we are SO making this next time we make burgers. YUM YUM YUMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

  2. Martyna - March 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I would have never thought of putting pecans into burgers, although I do put pepitas and sunflower seeds into mine. To be honest, apart from a pecan pie I only know one other recipe: pecan and cinnamon apple strudel. It’s quite lovely and rich but I’ve never made it myself. My Mum makes it for me.

  3. Thanh - March 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Interesting idea to put pecans into a burger. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone doing that.

    I love making a praline with pecans, so cover them in toffee, crush them up, and embed them into a thick gooey chocolate brownie, yum.

  4. Esz - March 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Hmm I’ve never been the biggest pecan fan. Actually, I always thought they were a poor alternative to walnuts 😉
    I do like your burger recipe – and there’s not much wrong with pecan pie either.
    So I doubt I’ll win your comp – I’m just making comments hehe. But you have inspired me to think more about the humble pecan 😀

  5. Michelle - March 28, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I love pecans but my sis is not. We live by sharing so no pecans in the house.

  6. Min - March 29, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Yum! I love pecans even more than walnuts! light and crunchy goodness…

    for sweets, i love pecans crushed, candied, encased in a coffee cream and layered in a chocolate cake, alternating with a layer of sliced bananas and fresh cream.

    as for savoury- people think it’s weird but.. i quite like chopped pecans with goats cheese/ cream cheese/ blue cheese, with crispy bacon bits and chives on pancakes. or a toasted bagel if i couldn’t be bothered making pancakes 😀

  7. kristy @ ksayerphotography - March 29, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Oooh I love pecans! They’re the perfect boost for oatmeal, add a delicious crunch to salads, make a yummy crust for chicken and are a magnificent addition to cookies – that’s breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert covered, what more could you ask for?

  8. penny aka jeroxie - March 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Hmmm… I am not much of a pecan person but love them in brownies and tarts!

  9. Petra - March 29, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I don’t think I have ever cooked with pecans – but I would be willing to try!

  10. Susan - March 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Yeah I can’t say I really like pecans, but I haven’t tried them on their own for a while, so maybe I should give them another go!

  11. Alicia - March 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I LOVE pecans!
    This is such a great recipe. However, I do just like to munch on a few straight from the shell.

  12. Allan - March 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    straight from the shell i’d say. =)

  13. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed - March 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Wow, pecan beef burgers!! Amazing. I adore pecans. Love their buttery goodness. I love them in my granola best :)
    Heidi xo

  14. emma - March 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    wow that’s completely unexpected!! i’d never have thought to do that.

    i do love pecans as long as they’re fresh!
    the hands down best recipe for pecans is the maple pecan bites recipe i got of the pioneer woman’s cooking site – tasty kitchen.
    AHHHMAZING. good doesn’t even begin to describe it. everyone who has tasted it has asked for the recipe. and it can’t be too hard if i can manage to pull it off time and time again!

  15. Alex - March 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Pecan cookie-> we recently made this as wedding favors for our guests in our wedding and it was hit. Everyone commented on the fact that they never know how good a pecan cookie can taste.. so it is definately a good recipe!

  16. Ming - April 1, 2011 at 8:14 am

    This is a weird combination but works so well.. Pecan on top of fresh salad of lettuce, cucumber and carrot.. the crunchiness of pecan compliment the freshness of lettuce and cucumber whilst the carrot add a sweet touch to the salad. Try it!

  17. Erin@TheFoodMentalist - April 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Yum! My favourite way to enjoy pecans is in a sticky gooey sweet pie with a good vanilla bean icecream. Delish!

  18. Wei - April 17, 2011 at 2:03 am

    I love crushing pecan with blender, combined them with ice-cream, whipped cream or even on top of your favourite drink. It gave it a unique flavour and taste. Simply versatile and unique.

  19. Gems - April 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    What a fantastic idea hiding the Pecan’s in a burger, people who don’t like them would never except to find them there. They are such a great source of Omega 3 and antioxidants they should definitely be a part of everyone’s diet.

    My favourite Pecan recipe would have to be a rich gooey Chocolate and Pecan Brownie, especially when they are served fresh from the oven with some delicious creamy vanilla ice cream, not the healthiest way to eat them, but oh so yummy. Mmm I know what I’ll be making soon.

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