**This is a sponsored post in collaboration with American Pecan Council. All opinions are my own*
I’m super pumped to be sharing today’s recipe. Pecans are one of my favorite nuts, so I’m proud to share that I’ve partnered with the American Pecan Council for this Seared Scallops and Pecan Pesto Over Polenta recipe.
Did you know pecans are the only tree nut indigenous to North America? I didn’t, until just recently. Nor did I know that pecans are packed with health-promoting nutrients, including “good” monounsaturated fats, protein, fiber, thiamin, copper and zinc—who knew it was such a nutrition powerhouse.
Now that you are in the know and the holidays are here, I know you love them in pecan pie and almost any baked goods, but did you know pecans are also a workhorse when it comes to savory recipes? Yep, that’s why I use it in my pesto. I love the naturally rich and buttery texture it has and the slightest sweetness it imparts.
And since pecans are harvested in the fall, now is the time when they are the freshest so I’m stockpiling and turning out one recipe after another with them. Remember these pecan shortbread cookies from a few weeks ago? Well—from sweet to savory, let’s do this Seared Scallops and Pecan Pesto Over Polenta recipe.
This is the kind of meal that comes together in less than an hour. That is, unless you have a trouble-making toddler wandering around in the kitchen. By trouble-making I mean one that is now tall enough to pull open drawers and empty them. That less-than-hour meal I mentioned turns into about an hour and half.
But if you find yourself in the kitchen without a little one to wreak havoc, then start with making the polenta, them move to the pesto and finally to the scallops. Working in that order will definitely have you seated at the dinner table much faster. Want to be even more time efficient? Make the pesto ahead of time (up to four days will work).
Speaking of pesto, I’m curious—what’s your favorite pesto recipe? What nuts do you use in it and have you tried pecans in pesto? Of course, I also want to know what savory dishes have you made or want to try that involves pecans. Let me know in the comment section.