Pecans are the most versatile tree nut — they can be eaten alone — raw, roasted or flavored — as a healthy, delicious snack or they can enhance almost any recipe as an ingredient. Pecans are perfect as a topping or ingredient in salads, vegetables, yogurt, oatmeal, sauces, breads and, of course, every kind of dessert. Store pecans in the freezer and have them on hand year-round.

Green Beans with Orange Essence and Toasted Maple Pecans

Green Beans with Orange Essence and Toasted Maple Pecans

Servings: 6 | Prep: N/A | Cook: N/A



3/4 cup U.S. Pecans, coarsely chopped 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons maple syrup Salt and pepper 2 shallots, minced 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest, plus 1/3 cup juice Pinch cayenne pepper 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed 2/3 cup chicken broth 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage


Toast pecans in a large skillet over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Off heat, stir in 1 tablespoon butter, maple syrup and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Return skillet to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until nuts are dry and glossy, about 45 seconds; transfer to plate and set aside. Wipe out skillet. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium heat. Add shallots, orange zest and cayenne and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour until combined, then add green beans. Add chicken broth, orange juice and sage. Increase heat to medium-high, cover and cook until beans are crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Uncover and cook until beans are tender and sauce has thickened slightly, about 4 minutes. Stir in pecans. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.


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