Pecan meal is one of those hidden treasures that makes you wonder, "Why did I not think of this?"
The Oklahoma Food Cooperative offers pecan meal for sale at a reasonable price, or you can make it yourself in the food processor, sometimes as part of the basic recipe.
Process the meal in small batches. If you over-fill the machine or grind the nuts too long, your result will be pecan butter which is delicious but not what you were after. If this happens, add enough peanut oil to achieve a spreadable consistency and consider it serendipity. By the way, walnuts, almonds, and pistachios also make nice meals and butters.
Use the meal to replace glutinous flours in bread and pie crust recipes or as a coating for fried chicken, fish, or anyplace you might use bread crumbs. When baked or fried, the crust is crisp with a light, nutty flavor and texture. Simply season with your choice of flavors, like garlic powder, parsley, salt and peppers. Use an egg wash to make sure everything stays in place.
This is the easiest way to enjoy the combination of chicken and toasty pecans as the highlight of a quick meal. Remove skin of the chicken, and gently pound the breast into a fairly uniform thickness of about ¼ inch. Coat with one of the well-flavored suggestions and bake in a moderate oven.
Serve either on their own or over a salad of mixed lettuces and your favorite dressing. Or, toss Parmesan chicken with some spaghetti, olives, and chopped tomatoes for a delicious one dish meal. Click here for details.
These quick and easy pecan and chicken stuffed mushrooms are courtesy of the Georgia Pecan Commission. The combination of mushrooms, pecan meal (use in place of chopped pecans), and ready-made chicken spread makes a luscious warm appetizer.
Substitute pecan meal for pecan pieces in this spicy Texas pecan pesto for a delicious dip with tortilla chips or a wonderful pasta sauce. Keeps well in the refrigerator.
Also, try a dollop of Texas pecan pesto atop steamed fresh vegetables and quinoa.
This flourless chocolate cake with a chocolate espresso glaze is perfect for Passover. It is high, light and festive with egg whites and peanut meal. The glaze will work with the substitution of margarine and non-dairy creamer if you wish.
Think about nut meals, especially pecan meal, when looking for flavorful, gluten-free ingredients.