Savory and Simple Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole

Savory and Simple Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole

Savory and simple Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole is loaded with all the savory comfort flavors of “real” mashed potatoes like real butter, cream cheese, and cream but a little less carby. Try it with Crockpot Drip Beef for a bun less bowl full of comfort and joy!

mashed potato cauliflower casserole bake in a white bowl

In my family, Mashed Potatoes are not anything to mess around with. So when I tested this mashed potato cauliflower casserole it was a big Go with a bright green flashing light!

This dish is a perfect do-ahead, one-pot side that can easily be incorporated into a big family holiday feast or as an everyday staple.

It’s yummy served as a base in place of rice for a hearty winter soup like Chicken-Shrimp-Sausage Gumbo or this Mexican Chicken Soup.

Make it all veggie for a Meatless Monday Meal and serve with this Curry Vegetable Soup…OMGosh, so good!

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EASY INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh Cauliflower, medium to large in size
  • Russet Potatoes, you can use any kind of potatoes but I prefer russets for peeling and boiling
  • Onion & Garlic, of course!
  • Fresh Rosemary & Thyme
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cream Cheese
  • Real Butter
  • Eggs
  • Whipping Cream or Half & Half
  • Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • Salt & Pepper
Step one and two of cooking mashed potato cauliflower casserole
Step three and four of cooking mashed potato cauliflower casserole

STEP BY STEP

  1. STEP ONE – Peel potatoes then cut up into big chunks. Cut onions, cauliflower, and minced garlic. Put in large stovetop pan like this dutch oven pot.
  2. STEP TWO – Add the broth, fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs. Boil until all the veggies are soft and mashable…about 30 minutes.
  3. STEP THREE – Drain in a colander and return back to the pot.
  4. STEP FOUR – Take out rosemary and thyme sprigs leaving cooked herb leaves. Add butter, cream cheese, and salt and pepper. Mashup with an immersion blender or hand-held potato masher like this one.
  5. STEP FIVE – When mixture is mashed and almost smooth, add beaten eggs and cream. Blend again.
  6. STEP SIX – Stir in half of the parmesan cheese. Add remaining cheese on top and sprinkle with ground pepper and extra thyme leaves.
  7. STEP SEVEN – Bake at 375 degrees until done. About 40 minutes.
  8. STEP EIGHT – Let cool slightly, sprinkle with green onions, more pepper and salt if needed..ENJOY!!
Step five and six of cooking mashed potato cauliflower casserole

SERVING OPTIONS

There are so many ways and occassions to serve this simple, savory, comforting dish.

Serve it with Thanksgiving Turkey with lots of savory gravy on top.

This dish would be wonderful as a side dish to crusty herbed Prime Rib and the Au Jus (instead of parmesan cheese try blue cheese for more of a holiday feel).

Add bacon and cheddar cheese and serve it in place of a twice-baked potato when serving steak.

Use it as the topping instead of all potatoes in your Shepard’s Pie.

So many options!!!

just out of the oven potato cauliflower casserole

HELPFUL KITCHEN GADGETS FOR CASSEROLES 👇👇

overhead mashed potato cauliflower casserole with green onions on top in a white bowl

Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole

Mashed Potato Cauliflower Casserole is loaded with all the savory comfort flavors of "real" mashed potatoes but with more of the good-for-you foods and less of the not so good for you stuff. It's a one-pot, gluten-free side that is welcome at both holiday tables and as a base to a savory stew.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas, gluten free, holidays, thanksgiving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 205kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups broth or water
  • 4 pods garlic
  • 1 small whole onion
  • 2 eggs eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream or half & half
  • 1 cup parmasan cheese, grated
  • rosemary & thyme
  • salt & pepper
Best Savory Drip Beef Sandwich

Best Savory Drip Beef Sandwich

This Drip Beef recipe is the best, easiest, savory Drip Beef Sandwich you will ever make. The perfect blend of onions, rosemary, thyme combined with well seasoned slow-cooked beef makes the best Au Jus you will ever put in your mouth. This dinner idea will be your all-time favorite crockpot recipes.

drip beef with cooked onions and garlic next to a bowl of au jus

Top this yummy sandwich off with a drizzle of this Italian Queso or a big dollop of Spicy Rotel and get ready for a wonderful, comforting experience! Warning: you’ll need to take a little nappy after indulging!!

DRIP BEEF VS. ITALIAN BEEF

In Oklahoma, we consider Drip Beef a game day staple. Made with a tender roast, slow-cooked with onions, onion soup mix, and some fresh woody herbs thrown in.

In other parts of the country, almost the same exact sandwich is called Italian Beef. Italian Beef is known to have green peppers, onions, maybe some oregano. In our family, we prefer a no pepper sauce but maybe a pickle or two on the side.

closeup of drip beef sandwich

DRIP BEEF SLIDERS

Instead of on a big hoagie bun try serving it as Beef Sliders. Serving it in smaller buns allows more chances to experiment with different topping options. This Fresh Tomato Bruschetta would be amazing as would our Easy Homemade Salsa.

If you wanted a non-tomato topping this Cilantro-Dill Dressing or our Jalapeno Chipolte Ranch Dressing hit the spot. All of these topping suggestions are easy make-ahead condiments for easy serving on game days or holiday meals.

MORE DINNER IDEAS

Make this Sweet and Savory Roasted Butternut Squash Soup or Bacon Tomato Soup to serve with this delish beef sandwich!

Not hungry for beef. Try this Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings...shhhh, super good secret ingredient! Here is another comfort food recipe…lower calorie easy Chicken Pot Pie…so good!

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STEP TO A PERFECT DRIP BEEF

  • Start out with a good quality chuck or arm roast. I prefer chuck or arm roast over brisket.
  • Slice a whole large onion.
  • Peel, smash whole garlic cloves. Click on this link for an easy garlic peeling method.
  • Salt and pepper both sides of the meat, I use Lawry’s season salt.
  • Place in crockpot insert pan with a couple of tablespoons of oil, and sear on both sides until the meat is kind of crusty and golden brown. Note: If you don’t have a slow cooker that has a sear function or one with an insert pan so you can sear it on the stove in a cast-iron skillet. At the bottom of this post👇 I’ve suggested a few brands that I’ve either used or want to use:)
  • After you sear the meat on all sides, place the cut-up onion and garlic underneath the meat acting as a platform.
seared chuck roast in a crock pot with onions and garlic

chuck roast with liptons onion soup mix surrounded by rosemary and thyme

6 HOURS OF YUMMY TORTURE

  • Throw in fresh whole thyme and rosemary sprigs on the open sides. 
  • Open the single package of Lipton’s Onion Soup mix and sprinkle on top of the meat.
  • Pour about a cup of beef broth (you can use chicken broth if you don’t have any beef broth) around the meat; avoiding the top of the roast.
  • Cover and cook on high for six hours in the crock pot…try not to open the lid. I’d highly recommend you exit the premises until you’re ready to chow; It smells THAT good!!!

DRIP BEEF TOPPING AND ADDINS

In addition to the savory onions, garlic, and lots of fresh backyard herbs this goodness is cooked in, try adding sliced fresh jalapenos and red bell peppers to spice it up. Note: Just don’t add them in the broth to cook. The au jus will not turn out tasting like onion…it will taste like pepper au jus…blah!

Add cheese on top of the meat to make it like a Philly Beef Sandwich. Personally I prefer a big scoop of real mayo and Dijon mustard mixed together on the bread, YUM!!

Marinated roasted red peppers, pepperoncini peppers, or even marinated artichoke hearts would be delish! And don’t forget the pickle!!

The DUNK in this yummy, oniony, herby homemade au jus broth is a day maker! I promise, every bite gets better. You won’t want to stop until you’ve reached “Couch Level”. Then you know you’re done😉

half of a drip beef sandwich dunked in homemade au jus

MUST HAVE KITCHEN ITEMS FOR DRIP BEEF

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Best Drip Beef

The best Drip Beef Sandwich and not a lot of ingredients.
Course Christmas, dinner, holiday, lunch, Main Course, party
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, christmas, dijon mustard, dinner, drip beef sandwich, fall, fathers day, football, forth of July, french dip sandwich, holidays, italian beef sandwich, lipton onion soup, lunch, onion, party, sandwich
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 8
Calories
Author Elise Austin
Cost 15

Equipment

  • Crock Pot
  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 3.5# Chuck or Arm Roast or size to amount you need
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or more to coat bottom of pan
  • salt & pepper generously salt and pepper both sides of meat
  • 5 cloves fresh garlic, smashed and chopped or more to taste
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4 fresh rosemary sprigs, 4-5" long
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs, 2" long
  • 1 package Lipton Dry Onion Soup Mix
  • 3/4 cup beef broth

Instructions

  • Salt and pepper both sides of roast.
  • Heat up olive oil and place meat in pan. Sear until dark brown on one side and turn over and do the same to the other side.
  • With a fork lift meat and place onion slices and garlic underneath meat.
  • Add rosemary and thyme to sides.
  • Sprinkle Lipton Dry Onion Soup mix on top of roast.
  • Pour beef broth on inside of pan but not getting top of meat wet.
  • Cover with crock pot lid and turn on high for 5 to 6 hours.
  • It's done when it falls apart with a fork. Shred in juice.
  • Butter bread and toast in the oven, bread should be crusty.
  • Smear one side of bread with Dijon mustard and mayo.
  • Scoop shredded meat with a slotted spoon, draining as much liquid out of the spoonful of meat as possible.
  • Use ladle and collect broth for individual dipping bowls.
  • Dig in and Enjoy!!!
 
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Easy Sweet and Salty Rice Krispie Treats

Easy Sweet and Salty Rice Krispie Treats

These easy Rice Krispie Treats are made with Rice Krispies Cereal, real butter, mini marshmallows, three different kinds of M&Ms, and salted sunflower kernels snuck in for that perfect sweet and salty smile-inducing soft and crunchy treat. Rice Krispies Treats are loved by both young and old and are a fast and simple dessert to whip together at the last minute.

Easy sweet and salty rice krispie treats cut up on a plate on parchment papaer

RICE KRISPIE TREATS VARIATIONS

So where do you start with all the fun, creative possibilities? The white neutral color of the Rice Krispie combined with marshmallows is a perfect canvas for festive, colorful combinations!

Try some of these ideas after you get make this recipe a household staple!

Christmas Treat Ideas:

Easter Treat Ideas:

Halloween Treat Ideas:

I could go on and on…the assortment of addins is never ending!

above picture of rice krispie treat ingredients on a butcher block with a red and white towel

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS RICE KRISPIE TREAT RECIPE

These fun, smile-inducing Rice Krispies Treat are perfect for the first day of school, work celebrations, birthday parties, any occasion you want to add extra happiness!

INGREDIENTS

  • Frosted Rice Krispies Cereal
  • mini marshmallows
  • real butter
  • real vanilla extract
  • sunflower seed kernels
  • 3 kinds of M&Ms
  • confetti sprinkles

HOW TO MAKE RICE KRISPIE TREATS

Rice Krispies Treats are about the easiest snack treat you can possibly make!

STEP ONE – Melt 1.5 sticks of real butter over a medium heat…be careful not to burn the butter.

STEP TWO – Add 2, 10 oz. packages of plain mini marshmallows to the melted butter. Stir with a rubber spatula until marshmallows are just melted with a few semi-melted marshmallows left.

Tip: Don’t worry if you don’t have any semi-melted marshmallows left…it will taste the same. Or add a few more marshmallows after you take the mix off the heat. You can never have enough marshmallows in these treats!

steps 1 and 2 of cooking instructions

STEP THREE – Turn the heat off and add the real vanilla to the marshmallow mixture, stir until just incorporated.

STEP FOUR – Add the Rice Krispies Cereal to the mixture and just stir to combine.

Tip: Stop here if you just want simple gooey, yummy and crunchy treats!

steps 3 & 4 of cooking instructions, melting mashmallows and rice krispie cereal

STEP FIVE – Add the sunflower seed kernels, M&Ms, and stir to just combined.

STEP SIX – Scoop out big scoops of the mixture into a 9″x13″ glass, metal, or ceramic pan lined with parchment paper. Press gently with buttered or greased hands until all the mix is formed to the pan. Sprinkle with colorful candy sprinkles.

steps 5 & 6 of cooking instructions, M&M add in and pressing into a pan

Tip: Let your Rice Krispies Treats set out at room temperature for a couple of hours or place in the refrigerator until serving time. Let them come back to room temperature after cutting in order to soften them back up.

EXTRA TIPS FOR THE BEST RICE KRISPIE TREATS

  • Rice Krispie Treats can easily be made in the microwave. In a microwave-safe large bowl melt the butter. Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and microwave in short intervals. In between intervals stir mixture. Continue until everything is just melted. Add vanilla and stir. Then add Rice Krispies and stir to just combined. Spread out in the pan and let sit for a bit.
  • Add Chocolate Chips for Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats. Add about a cup or more of chocolate chips to the melted marshmallows. Stir until melted. If you want them more chocolatey add more chips.
  • Pop these in the fridge for about an hour to make them easier to cut into squares.
  • Line the pan with parchment paper for easy cutting. Use the “paper handles” from the parchment paper for easy lifting of the whole square. Place on cutting board and cut…easy peasy!
9x13 block of cut up rice krispie treats on parchment paper on a butcher block cutting board
  • Use a larger or smaller pan for the desired thickness.
  • Pressing down too firm will create a much denser, crunchier texture.
  • Add more marshmallows for a gooeyer experience!
up close of a pull apart gooey rice krispie treat with M&Ms

FUN PRODUCTS FOR RICE KRISPIES TREATS

EASY GIFT TREATS

single gift bags filled with easy sweet and salty rice Krispie treats

These crazy cute Rice Krispie Treats make great gifts for holidays, birthday parties, bake sales, college kid mailed treats. Anytime you want to send someone a little bit special. A few other food gift ideas are these crazy good Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookie Bars, Red, White, and Blueberry Cookies or these Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Cookies for Fall pumpkin comfort food!

Enjoy!!

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Easy Rice Krispie Treats with M&Ms

Rice Krispie Treats are made with Rice Krispies Cereal, real butter, mini marshmallows, three different kinds of M&Ms, and salted sunflower kernels snuck in for that perfect sweet and salty smile-inducing soft and crunchy treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fun dessert, gift treats, M&Ms, no bake, quick dessert, rice krispie treats, snack, sunflower seeds
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 210kcal
Author Elise

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup real butter 1.5 sticks
  • 20 oz mini marshmallows 2, 10oz bags
  • 9 cup frosted Rice Krispie Cereal 1 regular size box
  • 1 tbsp real vanilla extract or more to taste
  • 1/3 cup salted sunflower seed kernels or more to taste
  • 1.5 cup mixed M&Ms crispy, carmel, regulare
  • candy sprinkles, generous portion sprinkled on top

Instructions

  • STEP ONE – Melt 1.5 sticks of real butter over a medium heat…be careful not to burn the butter.
    STEP TWO – Add 2, 10 oz. packages of plain mini marshmallows to the melted butter. Stir with a rubber spatula until marshmallows are just melted with a few semi-melted marshmallows left.
  • STEP THREE – Turn the heat off and add the real vanilla to the marshmallow mixture, stir until just incorporated.
    STEP FOUR – Add the Rice Krispies Cereal to the mixture and just stir to combine.
  • STEP FIVE – Add the sunflower seed kernels, M&Ms, and stir to just combined.
    STEP SIX – Scoop out big scoops of the mixture into a 9"x13" glass, metal, or ceramic pan lined with parchment paper. Press gently with buttered or greased hands until all the mix is formed to the pan. Sprinkle with colorful candy sprinkles.

Notes

Microwave Instructions: In a microwave-safe large bowl melt the butter.
Add the marshmallows to the melted butter and microwave in short intervals.
In between intervals stir mixture. Continue until everything is just melted.
Add vanilla and stir.
Add Rice Krispies and stir to just combined.
Spread out in the pan and let sit for a bit.
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Best Chocolate Orange Pecan Pie

Best Chocolate Orange Pecan Pie

This Chocolate Orange Pecan Pie is the Christmas dessert you didn’t know you were missing! Oh my is it good!!! This pie is a magical blend of buttery, golden, decedent filling with a hint of orange and rich dark chocolate morsels all surrounding fresh toasted pecans.

It is absolutely perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday table and as easy to make as this Southern Pecan Pie but with just 2 more ingredients! The holidays are not complete without this glorious treat.

chocolate orange cointreau pecan pie baked in a glass pie plate on a woven place mat

CHOCOLATE ORANGE PECAN PIE INGREDIENTS

I love to make pie, anykind of pie but I do believe Pecan Pie is my obsolute favorite. I’m not sure it’s my favorite because I’m from Oklahoma and I’ve always had a pecan tree in my backyard or because if it’s Thanksgiving and that’s the go light for the eating season.

close up picture of toasted pecan pie halves

QUALITY INGREDIENTS ARE KEY

  • 4 large or 5 medium local farm raised eggs, most stores carry local eggs now days
  • sugar
  • Karo Syrup…I know, I know it’s not all that great for you but it is the holidays!
  • small amount of flour
  • good quality butter
  • vanilla extract…I use Madagascar
  • good quality dark or milk chocolate chips
  • good quality orange liqueur, I used Cointreau 
  • fresh pecans…I use my own pecans from our backyard garden unless it’s the 7th year pecan drought, then I’ll by local
  • pie crust, I use store-bought…it’s easy!
step collage of mixing the pecan pie filling and putting it all together

HOW TO MAKE A CHOCOLATE ORANGE PECAN PIE

  • STEP ONE – Easiest way to start is with an unbaked pie shell or one in a box that you place in your own pie plate or a 10″ cast iron skillet.
  • STEP TWO – Beat your eggs first in a mixing bowl.
  • STEP THREE – Add sugar and flour gradually while beating the eggs. Make sure big lumps from the flour are gone.
  • STEP FOUR – Add Karo Syrup (light or dark or a combo of both), melted butter, vanilla, and orange liqueur such as Cointreau. Mix well.
  • STEP FIVE – Place pecan pieces and chocolate chips in an unbaked pie shell. Pour egg and sugar mixture over pecans.
  • STEP SIX – Design pecan halves on top of filling mixture. Note: most pecan pie recipes I’ve seen skip this step…but this separates a good pecan pie from a great one!! Extra steps make a difference!
  • STEP SEVEN – Bake at 350 for 45 mins or until filling is set (no jiggle).
  • STEP EIGHT – Let it rest and cool before serving (a couple of hours) or cover and put in the refrigerator.
Don’t you love this Rachael Ray Pie Plate!
These make great gifts for new kitchen owners!

CAN YOU FREEZE PECAN PIE?

Yes and no. I’ve only had one Pecan Pie that I know of that had been frozen a month before Thanksgiving, my Aunt Jill’s (again another famous cook). She brought it one year for Thanksgiving, still in all the freezer wrap but thawed out. It tasted good but the whole crust was stuck to the pan. It made a great ice cream topping!

PECAN PIE TOPPINGS

  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is my first choice. Whole Foods own brand of 356 everyday is really good. They have a 2 hour delivery window…how sweet for the holidays!
  • Real Whipped Cream…maybe with a little bourbon and powdered sugar whipped in.
  • Real Dairy Whipped Cream in a can is always a hit with the kids and super fast and convenient. Again another Whole Food 365 item for the holidays!beautiful baked chocolate orange pecan pie in a glass pie plate

PECAN PIE VARIATIONS

Chocolate Pecan Pie is very popular and easily adapted from my basic Southern Pecan Pie Recipe. 1 cup of chocolate chips in the bottom with the pecan pieces and you’ve got a perfect Chocolate Pecan Pie!

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie is truly a special pie. I made one last year and it was a HIT and again easily adapted from my basic pecan pie. 1 cup of chocolate chips in the bottom with the pecan pieces and 1 jigger or 1/4 cup of your favorite Bourbon and you’ve got a perfect Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie!

slice of chocolate orange Cointreau pecan pie on a china plate

 

MORE HOLIDAY DESSERTS 👇

No-Bake Key Lime Cast Iron Pie! This pie is so pretty served in a cast iron skillet and sooooo good!

Southern Classic Banana Pudding…no-bake, easy, and the longer it sits the better!

No Bake Orange Dream Cast Iron Pie! Beautiful pie and tastes so light and refreshing…perfect for an ending to a heavy holiday meal.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookie Bars…These make fantastic food gifts!

Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust…Crazy Good! It’s always time for a lemon bar!

Chocolate Key Lime Cookies Wonderful every day, every holiday treat!!

Chocolate Orange Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie lover rejoice in this super scrumptious version of the classic southern pecan pie. Lots of native pecans in a wonderful chocolate orange buttery golden filling . It's delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword easy, holidays, special occasion
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 397kcal
Author Elise
Cost 18

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 large or med eggs
  • 1 cup Karo Syrup, dark or light
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour heaping
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur, Cointreau
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla or more to taste
  • 1.5 cup pecans pieces roasted & chopped
  • 1 cup chocolate chips milk chocolate or dark
  • pecan halves roasted, top decoration

Instructions

  • If your roasting your pecans then do this step first. Roasting is easy: place pecan halves on a cookie sheet sprayed with spray oil. Bake for about 10mins at 300°. Keep an eye on these they could burn depending on the moisture in the nuts.
  • Beat eggs well. Add sugar and flour gradually to eggs while stirring.
  • Add Karo syrup, melted butter (45sec in microwave, separate bowl), vanilla and orange liqueur. Mix well.
  • Place 1.5 cups of roasted pecans pieces and chocolate chips on bottom of unbaked pie crust.
  • Pour egg mixture over nuts and chips. Decorate top of pie with remaining pecan halves.
  • Bake 45mins at 350° or until filling is set.
  • Let it set for at least 2 hours before serving. ENJOY!

 

Best Classic Southern Pecan Pie

Best Classic Southern Pecan Pie

Whether you’re southern or not, this easy family favorite Pecan Pie must be included on your next Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, and or Christmas holiday dessert table; that is if you want your guests coming back next year! And if you really want to impress your guests try this decadent Chocolate Orange Pecan Pie!

This easy pecan pie recipe has been adapted from a well-loved Aunt. Aunt Margie is famous in our family and is considered one of the greatest cooks in East Texas. Let’s just forget the fact she named it “Pete’s Pecan Pie” after my brother and get right down to business.

EASY AND DELICIOUS SOUTHERN PIE INGREDIENTS

What you’ll need first is high quality ingredients:

  • 4 large or 5 medium eggs
  • sugar
  • Karo Syrup…I know, I know it’s not all that great for you but it is the holidays!
  • small amount of flour
  • good quality butter
  • vanilla extract…I use Madagascar
  • roasted fresh pecans…I use my own pecans from our backyard garden (If it’s the 7th year pecan drought, I’ll buy local)
  • pie crust

HOW TO MAKE AND BAKE

  1. STEP 1 – Easiest way to start is with a unbaked pie shell or one in a box that you place in your own pie plate or a 10″ cast iron skillet.
  2. STEP 2 –Beat your eggs first in a mixing bowl.
  3. STEP 3 –Add sugar and flour gradually while your beating the eggs. Make sure big lumps from flour are gone.
  4. STEP 4 –Add Karo Syrup (light or dark or a combo of both), melted butter, vanilla, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  5. STEP 5 –Place pecan pieces in an unbaked pie shell. Pour egg and sugar mixture over pecans.
  6. STEP 6 –Design pecan halves on top of the filling mixture. Note: most pecan pie recipes I’ve seen skip this step…but this separates a good pecan pie from a great one!! Extra steps make a difference!
  7. STEP 7 –Bake at 350 for 45 mins or until filling is set (no jiggle).
  8. STEP 8 –Let it rest and cool before serving (a couple of hours) or cover and put in the refrigerator.
Don’t you love this Rachael Ray Pie Plate!
These make great gifts for new kitchen owners!

It’s not just for Christmas or Thanksgiving!

Southern pecan pie isn’t just for the winter holidays. Serve this at barbecues, church gatherings, birthday parties, etc.

You can also use this wonderful filling and make it into mini pies using a cupcake pan. Just cut the pie dough into smaller circles with a biscuit cutter, top or a drinking glass or a top of a mason jar…anything that is circular and is the basic diameter of a cupcake tin.

Is it Freezable?

Yes and no. I’ve only had one Pecan Pie that I know of that had been frozen a month before Thanksgiving, my Aunt Jill’s (again another famous cook). She brought it one year, still in all the freezer wrap but thawed out. It tasted good but the whole crust was stuck to the pan. It made a great ice cream topping!

Baked pecan pie in a glass pie plate on a woven place mat

TOPPINGS!

  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is my first choice. Whole Foods own brand of 356 everyday is really good. They have a 2 hour delivery window…how sweet for the holidays!
  • Real Whipped Cream…maybe with a little bourbon and powdered sugar whipped in.
  • Real Dairy Whipped Cream in a can is always a hit with the kids and super fast and convenient. Again another Whole Food 365 item for the holidays!

PECAN PIE OPTIONS

Pictured below is the Chocolate-Orange Cointreau Pecan Pie I made for Thanksgiving this year. OMG was it amazing!

Chocolate Pecan Pie is very popular and easily adapted from my basic pecan pie. 1 cup of chocolate chips in the bottom with the pecan pieces and you’ve got a perfect Chocolate Pecan Pie!

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie is truly a special pie. I made one last year and it was a HIT and again easily adapted from my basic pecan pie. 1 cup of chocolate chips in the bottom with the pecan pieces and 1 jigger of your favorite Bourbon and you’ve got a perfect Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie!

slice of chocolate orange Cointreau pecan pie on a china plate

EASY HOLIDAY MEAL IDEAS:  

A nice colorful salad with this wonderful Dijon Italian Dressing, drool worthy Seafood Chowder, and this Southern Pecan Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream on top!

FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESSERTS

No Bake Key Lime Cast Iron Pie! This pie is so pretty served in a cast iron skillet and sooooo good!

No Bake Orange Dream Cast Iron Pie! Beautiful pie and tastes so light and refreshing…perfect for an ending to a heavy holiday meal.

Chocolate Key Lime Cookies Wonderful everyday, every holiday treat!!

Easy No-Bake Banana Pudding. This Banana Pudding is a southern classic and cherished any time of the year!

Chocolate Orange Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie lover rejoice in this super scrumptious version of the classic southern pecan pie. Lots of native pecans in a wonderful chocolate orange buttery golden filling . It's delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword easy, holidays, special occasion
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 397kcal
Author Elise
Cost 18

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 large or med eggs
  • 1 cup Karo Syrup, dark or light
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour heaping
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur, Cointreau
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla or more to taste
  • 1.5 cup pecans pieces roasted & chopped
  • 1 cup chocolate chips milk chocolate or dark
  • pecan halves roasted, top decoration

Instructions

  • If your roasting your pecans then do this step first. Roasting is easy: place pecan halves on a cookie sheet sprayed with spray oil. Bake for about 10mins at 300°. Keep an eye on these they could burn depending on the moisture in the nuts.
  • Beat eggs well. Add sugar and flour gradually to eggs while stirring.
  • Add Karo syrup, melted butter (45sec in microwave, separate bowl), vanilla and orange liqueur. Mix well.
  • Place 1.5 cups of roasted pecans pieces and chocolate chips on bottom of unbaked pie crust.
  • Pour egg mixture over nuts and chips. Decorate top of pie with remaining pecan halves.
  • Bake 45mins at 350° or until filling is set.
  • Let it set for at least 2 hours before serving. ENJOY!