As a nut native to North America, pecans have a special place in American cuisine, especially Southern cooking -- just think about that slice of pecan pie you'll be getting around Thanksgiving time. But pecans can (and should) go way beyond pies.

Yes, we think of pecans as being perfect for desserts like cookies, cakes and quick breads, but they're also great in savory dishes. We've put together 57 pecan recipes that include everything from the classic pecan pie to pecan-crusted rack of lamb -- you're sure to fall in love with one, if not all of these dishes. Three of our favorites are below, but check out the full slideshow at the bottom!

Chocolate Pecan Turtle Cookies
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Get the Chocolate Pecan Turtle Cookies Recipe by Pixelated Crumb

These caramel, chocolate, and pecan cookies show how well this nut shines in desserts.

Apple, Brie and Pecan Panini
apple pecan panini
Get the Apple, Brie and Pecan Panini Recipe by The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, via Foodie Crush

We can't think of anything we'd rather eat for lunch.

Maple Roasted Pecans With Nutmeg And Poppy Seeds
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Get the Maple Roasted Pecans with Nutmeg and Poppy Seeds Recipe by Sweet Miscellany

We dare you to eat just one.

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  • Apple Pie In Pecan Crust

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://havecakewilltravel.com/2010/08/13/open-wide/">Apple Pie in Pecan Crust Recipe</a> by Have Cake Will Travel</strong> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Hearty-Vegan-Meals-Monster-Appetites/dp/1592334555">Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman (Fair Winds Press, 2011)</a>

  • Caramel Brioche Sticky Buns

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://noshings.blogspot.com/2011/02/carmel-brioche-sticky-buns.html">Caramel Brioche Sticky Buns Recipe</a> by Noshings</strong>

  • Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Bread

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://blog.seasonwithspice.com/2012/10/pumpkin-loaf-recipe-with-spices.html">Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Bread Recipe </a>by Season with Spice</strong>

  • Pecan-Crusted Sweet Potatoes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2011/11/16-tips-to-for-no-worries-cooking-this-thanksgiving-christmas/">Pecan-Crusted Sweet Potatoes Recipe </a>by Stone Soup</strong>

  • Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Doughnuts with Roasted Pecan Crunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/10/sweet-potato-pecan-pie-doughnuts-and-a-giveaway/" target="_blank">Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Doughnuts with Roasted Pecan Crunch Recipe</a> by How Sweet It Is</strong>

  • Beer And Bacon Pecan Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thebeeroness.com/2012/09/06/beer-bacon-pecan-bars/">Beer And Bacon Pecan Bars Recipe</a> by The Beeroness</strong>

  • Pecan Meringue Cookies

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/pecan_meringue_cookies/" target="_blank"> Pecan Meringue Cookies Recipe</a> by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Spiced Pecan Linzer Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/linzer-cookies-recipe/">Spiced Pecan Linzer Cookies Recipe</a> by My Baking Addiction</strong>

  • Spaghetti Squash with Apples & Toasted Pecans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.cookincanuck.com/2011/10/spaghetti-squash-with-apples-toasted-pecans-recipe/" target="_blank">Spaghetti Squash with Apples & Toasted Pecans Recipe </a>by Cookin' Canuck</strong>

  • Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Pecans & Blue Cheese

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/chopped-brussels-sprouts-with-dried-cranberries-pecans-blue-cheese/" target="_blank">Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Pecans & Blue Cheese Recipe</a> by Two Peas & Their Pod</strong>

  • Honey Pecan Dark Chocolate Shortbread

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.adashofsass.com/2011/12/20/honey-pecan-dark-chocolate-shortbread/">Honey Pecan Dark Chocolate Shortbread Recipe </a>by A Dash of Sass</strong>

  • Buttered Pecan And Butterscotch Ice Cream

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.poiresauchocolat.net/2011/08/buttered-pecan-butterscotch-ice-cream.html">Buttered Pecan and Butterscotch Ice Cream Recipe </a>by Poires au Chocolat</strong>

  • Brown Rice Pecan Pilaf

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/brown-rice-pecan-pilaf_n_1057012.html">Brown Rice Pecan Pilaf Recipe</a></strong>

  • Pecan Pumpkin Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/13682/">Pecan Pumpkin Butter Recipe</a> by Confections of a Foodie Bride</strong>

  • Raspberry Balsamic And Pecan Encrusted Rack Of Lamb

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.adventures-in-cooking.com/2011/11/raspberry-balsamic-and-pecan-encrusted.html">Raspberry Balsamic and Pecan Encrusted Rack of Lamb Recipe</a> by Adventures in Cooking</strong>

  • Texas Pecan Rocas

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2011/12/texas-pecan-roca/">Texas Pecan Rocas Recipe</a> by The Novice Chef</strong>

  • Cinnamon Maple Pecan Biscotti

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://dough-puncher.blogspot.com/2012/07/cinnamon-maple-pecan-biscotti.html">Cinnamon Maple Pecan Biscotti Recipe</a> by Dough Puncher</strong>

  • Butternut Squash Mac And Cheese With Sage And Gingersnap-Pecan Crust

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://lickmyspoon.com/recipes/butternut-squash-mac-and-cheese-with-sage-and-gingersnap-pecan-crust/">Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Sage and Gingersnap-Pecan Crust Recipe</a> by Lick My Spoon</strong>

  • Chocolate Pecan Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://somekitchenstories.com/2012/02/28/mad-easy-chocolate-pecan-pie/">Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe</a> by Some Kitchen Stories</strong>

  • Rugelach With Pecans, Brown Sugar And Cinnamon

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://theyearinfood.com/2010/12/rugelach-with-pecans-brown-sugar-and-cinnamon.html">Rugelach with Pecans, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Recipe</a> by The Year in Food</strong>

  • Roasted Sweet Potato With Pecan And Maple

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://drizzleanddip.com/2012/03/20/roasted-sweet-potato-with-pecan-and-maple">Roasted Sweet Potato with Pecan and Maple Recipe</a> by Drizzle and Dip</strong>

  • Baked Pecan-Crusted Chicken

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://abachelorandhisgrill.com/2012/08/best-crispy-baked-chicken/.html">Baked Pecan-Crusted Chicken Recipe</a> by A Bachelor and His Grill</strong>

  • Pecan Baklava

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://blueridgebaker.blogspot.com/2010/04/baklava.html">Pecan Baklava Recipe</a> Blue Ridge Baker</strong>

  • Pan-Roasted Apples With Maple And Pecans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pan-roasted-apples-with-m_n_1059371.html">Pan-Roasted Apples with Maple and Pecans Recipe</a></strong>

  • Pecan Tartlets

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://chocolatechiptrips.blogspot.com/2009/10/pecan-tartelettes.html">Pecan Tartlets Recipe</a> by Chocolate Chip Trips</strong>

  • Turtle Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://lemon-sugar.com/2013/05/turtle-cupcakes.html/" target="_blank">Turtle Cupcakes Recipe</a> by Lemon Sugar</strong>

  • Kale And Apple Salad With Pancetta And Candied Pecans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/kale-38-apple-salad-wi_n_1059612.html">Kale and Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans Recipe</a></strong>

  • Pecan Scones

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.novelbite.com/?p=673">Pecan Scones Recipe</a> by NovelBite</strong>

  • Chocolate-Chip-Pecan Cookie Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chocolate-chip-pecan-cook_n_1061076.html">Chocolate-Chip-Pecan Cookie Bars Recipe</a></strong>

  • Strip Steak With Blue-Cheese Butter And Toasted Pecans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/strip-steak-with-blue-che_n_1057211.html">Strip Steak with Blue-Cheese Butter and Toasted Pecans Recipe</a></strong>

  • Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake With Spiced Pecan Crust

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2010/11/pumpkin-bourbon-cheesecake-with-spiced-pecan-crust-low-carb-and-gluten-free.html">Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake with Spiced Pecan Crust Recipe</a> by All Day I Dream About Food</strong>

  • Maple Pecan Granola

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://naturallyella.com/2012/04/04/maple-pecan-granola/">Maple Pecan Granola Recipe</a> by Naturally Ella</strong>

  • Pecan-Crusted Salmon

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pecan-crusted-salmon_n_1056872.html">Pecan-Crusted Salmon Recipe</a></strong>

  • Deep Dish Porter Pecan Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thebeeroness.com/2012/11/27/deep-dish-porter-pecan-pie/" target="_blank">Deep Dish Porter Pecan Pie Recipe </a>by The Beeroness</strong>

  • Pecan-Caramel Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2011/11/23/pecan-caramel-bars.html" target="_blank">Pecan-Caramel Bars Recipe</a> by Pip & Ebby</strong>

  • Pumpkin Ale Cheesecake with Beer Pecan Caramel Sauce

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://thebeeroness.com/2012/09/27/pumpkin-ale-cheesecake-with-beer-pecan-caramel-sauce/" target="_blank"> Pumpkin Ale Cheesecake with Beer Pecan Caramel Sauce Recipe </a>by The Beeroness</strong>

  • Bourbon Pecan Pralines

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2013/02/06/bourbon-pecan-pralines-recipe/" target="_blank">Bourbon Pecan Pralines Recipe</a> by Brown Eyed Baker</strong>

  • Apple-Pecan Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Filling & Praline Frosting

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/10/03/apple-pecan-spice-cake-cream-cheese-filling-praline-frosting/" target="_blank">Apple-Pecan Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Filling & Praline Frosting Recipe</a> by Brown Eyed Baker</strong>

  • Roasted Butternut Pumpkin and Red Quinoa Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.ledelicieux.com/recipes/roasted-butternut-pumpkin-and-red-quinoa-salad/" target="_blank">Roasted Butternut Pumpkin and Red Quinoa Salad Recipe </a>by Delicieux</strong>

  • Caramel Pecan Apple Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://lemon-sugar.com/2013/07/caramel-pecan-apple-pie.html/" target="_blank">Caramel Pecan Apple Pie Recipe</a> by Lemon Sugar</strong>

  • Chocolate Turtle Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/chocolate-turtle-cookies/" target="_blank">Chocolate Turtle Cookies Recipe</a> by Two Peas & Their Pod</strong>

  • Pecan Pie French Toast

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://alwayswithbutter.blogspot.com/2011/11/pecan-pie-french-toast.html" target="_blank">Pecan Pie French Toast Recipe</a> by Always With Butter</strong>

  • Beer & Bacon Pecan Bars

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://thebeeroness.com/2012/09/06/beer-bacon-pecan-bars/" target="_blank"> Beer & Bacon Pecan Bars Recipe</a> by The Beeroness</strong>

  • Beer Candied Pecans

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thebeeroness.com/2013/03/27/beer-candied-pecans/" target="_blank">Beer Candied Pecans Recipe</a> by The Beeroness</strong>

  • Baked Tilapia with Pecan Rosemary Topping

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.cookincanuck.com/2013/03/baked-tilapia-recipe-with-pecan-rosemary-topping/" target="_blank">Baked Tilapia with Pecan Rosemary Topping Recipe</a> by Cookin' Canuck</strong>

  • Sweet Potato & Pecan Fudge

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.cookincanuck.com/2011/12/sweet-potato-pecan-fudge-recipe/" target="_blank"> Sweet Potato & Pecan Fudge Recipe</a> by Cookin' Canuck</strong>

  • Pecan Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/pecan_pie/" target="_blank">Pecan Pie Recipe </a>by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Cream Cheese Pecan Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/cream_cheese_pecan_cookies/" target="_blank">Cream Cheese Pecan Cookies Recipe </a>by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Candied Pecan Waffles

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2013/09/candied-pecan-waffles/" target="_blank">Candied Pecan Waffles Recipe</a> by Macheesmo</strong>

  • Easy Mini Pecan Tarts

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/easy-mini-pecan-tarts/" target="_blank">Easy Mini Pecan Tarts Recipe</a> by Gimme Some Oven</strong>

  • Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/10/whole-wheat-pumpkin-pecan-pancakes.html" target="_blank">Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes Recipe</a> by Skinny Taste</strong>