Here are the best pecan appetizers you shouldn’t miss; from straightforward toasted pecans to scrumptious bacon-pecan appetizers, these are sure to please!
What’s better than pecan pie?
Just think about it: you can have an entire party full of different types of delicious little morsels, each one representing a different part of the pecan experience.
There will be delicious treats made with pecans, there will be spicy and savory treats made with pecans…heck, there will even be some no-bake treats made with pecans!
And that’s just the beginning of what this world has in store for you if you decide to take on this challenge.
So grab your favorite cocktail (or mocktail), sit down at your kitchen table or countertop, and get ready for the best night you’ll ever have in front of your laptop.
From classic toasted pecans to indulgent Brie Apple & Honey Crostini to the more complex Cajun Caviar, you’ll find something new and exciting here.
And if you’re a fan of pecans, then you definitely won’t want to miss #12 and #23!
So whether you’re looking for something warm and comforting or an appetizer that’s out of this world, we have the perfect recipe for you.
Toasted Pecans are an exquisite party appetizer!
They’re salty and sweet—the consummate combination of flavors to make you feel like your taste buds are going on vacation.
They’re the LBD of appetizers: they can be styled up or down and eaten alone or with other dishes.
More tips about toasting pecans here!
2. Gouda Pecans
Do you know what’s the best?
When you can’t decide between a piquant and saccharine appetizer, you want both!
That’s where these Gouda Pecans come in.
They’re the ideal balance of savory, briny, and sweet—and they’re so easy to make, too!
Cranberries, pecans, and goat cheese are arguably the best flavors on this planet.
But why stop at just one?
These cranberry pecan goat cheese truffles are rolled in chopped pecans.
We’re not talking about just any old brie.
We’re talking about baked brie.
The kind that’s all warm and gooey and oozing with cheese, surrounded by crackers and nuts and dried fruit.
This recipe is the kind of baked brie you eat when you’re feeling fancy, but it’s also the kind of baked brie that’s easy enough to make even on weeknights (or in the morning before work).
Caramel Pecan Clusters are an exquisite combination of honeyed butter, saltine, and crisp.
The creamy caramel pairs perfectly with the rich pecans, and it all comes together in a delightful way that will leave you wanting more.
It’s easy to adjust this recipe depending on what you have in your pantry—you could use any type of cereal, or even substitute other nuts if you’re looking for something different.
Inspired by the famous Ritz Carlton Lodge Spiced Pecans, these will get your guests primed for Thanksgiving.
They’re sticky and slightly cloying with just the right amount of spice.
These cream cheese and olive pecan bites are a flawless combination of savory and creamy.
If you’re looking for a snack that’s both elegant and heavenly, look no further than Cream Cheese & Olive Pecan Bites.
This appetizer is a lusciously honeyed and umami combination of pecans, cranberries, and goat cheese.
It’s excellent for any holiday party or gathering where you want to offer guests something both tasty and aesthetically pleasing.
These Bourbon Pecan Brie Bites take bourbon to add an extra kick that really enhances the flavor of the pecans.
You can serve these bites with crackers or chips as hors d’oeuvres or as part of a full meal.
They’re also great for snacking on when you want something that tastes like a decadent dessert but won’t ruin your appetite.
Medjool dates are one of the most versatile fruits around.
They can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, whether you’re looking for a sweet snack or a tasty dessert.
But when you stuff them with pecans, caramelized to perfection, and paired with Boursin cheese, you get something truly irresistible.
This recipe is a blend of sugar and umami, with a hint of spice and crunch.
The butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and pecans will help to soften the Bartlett pears while they cook—and reduce their natural tartness at the same time.
The combination of tangy goat cheese, syrupy honey, crunchy pecans, and chewy dried cranberries makes for an appetizer that will be sure to please everyone at your next party.
Cranberry Maple Baked Brie is the ultimate appetizer for your holiday party.
It’s got all the great flavors of fall, so it’ll make you think of Thanksgiving, but it’s also got a little spice to keep things interesting.
Plus, it’s baked, so you don’t have to worry about the mess!
15. Cheese Wafers
Southern Pecan Cheese Wafers are cheese wafers made with pecans, cheese, and butter.
The wafers are baked and then rolled in pecans.
It’s a Southern experience all in one bite!
Cranberry Cream Cheese Pinwheels are a delightful way to eat fruit.
These pinwheels are made with cream cheese, feta cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and green onions—all mixed together until they’re smooth and velvety.
The combination of tart Bosch pears and buttery brie is a match made in heaven, but what really makes this appetizer shine is its crunchy pecan topping.
The balsamic reduction adds just enough acidity to cut through all that richness and make it taste even better!
Apple, honey, and cheese are the best of friends.
It’s a fact.
Not only are they exquisite together, but they can also be served in countless ways.
Take this recipe, for example, Brie Apple & Honey Crostini.
The brie is velvety and mild, while the apple adds a bit of zing to balance it out.
The honey adds just enough goodness to make your taste buds do backflips!
This Endive Salad Bites With Pears, Blue Cheese & Pecans recipe is the ultimate way to use up that endive that’s been sitting in your fridge for a week.
Its light flavor and crisp texture will make it the star of your next dinner party—or just a great snack during your lunch break!
Crisp walnuts, silky goat cheese, and sugary, acidic pears combine to form a delectable bite-size combo.
Trust us, these mini appetizers are far from lacking—they’ll become a hit wherever you serve them!
This is one of those appetizers that will make your eyes roll to the back of your head.
It’s so good that even people who don’t like pecans will be begging for more.
And if you don’t like bacon?
You’ll be converted with this appetizer.
It’s amazing how crispy and smokey bacon can be when it’s mixed with chewy pecans and then baked to a golden brown finish.
22. Cajun Caviar
Cajun Caviar is a delectable and easy appetizer that will have your guests raving.
It’s a terrific way to utilize cheese, onions, pecans, and mayonnaise, as well as leftover Tabasco pepper jelly jars you’ve got lying around from the holidays.
Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad Wraps are the ideal combination of flavors and textures.
The chewy and slightly-crisp pecans, sour cranberries, and smooth mayonnaise blend together for an appetizing bite that’s easy to eat on the go.
These Mushroom Pecan Appetizers are the quintessential way to jazz up your next dinner party.
The mushrooms and pecans give them a rich, meaty texture that will leave your guests feeling satisfied, but not stuffed.
A superb compliment to any meal!
The bottom line
We can all agree that pecan is a delicious, versatile nut.
They can be used to make everything from ice cream to pie crust, and they even have their own holiday!
But what if you’re looking for something a little more savory?
If you’re hosting a holiday party but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen baking up appetizers, pecan appetizers are the answer.
Pecan-based dishes are easy to make and taste great.
Plus, they’re a great way to use leftover pecans from your Thanksgiving feast or Christmas baking.
Whether you want something sweet or brackish, crunchy or smooth, there’s a pecan appetizer out there for you.
- Toasted Pecans
- Gouda Pecans
- Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles
- Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie
- Caramel Pecan Clusters
- Ritz Carlton Lodge Spiced Pecans
- Cream Cheese & Olive Pecan Bites
- Pecan Brie Tartlets With Honey
- Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Appetizer
- Bourbon Pecan Brie Bites
- Pecan & Boursin Stuffed Dates
- Pear, Pecan & Queso Fresco
- Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese
- Cranberry Maple Baked Brie
- Cheese Wafers
- Cranberry Cream Cheese Pinwheels
- Baked Brie Pear & Pecan Bites
- Brie Apple & Honey Crostini
- Endive Salad Bites With Pears, Blue Cheese & Pecans
- Mini Pecan, Pear & Goat Cheese Appetizers
- Creamy Bacon Pecan Appetizer
- Cajun Caviar
- Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad Wraps
- Mushroom Pecan Appetizers
- Figs With Goat Cheese & Pecans
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