A Recipe Challenge

by Lana Stuart on August 22, 2010 · 15 comments

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I was recently contacted with an opportunity to participate in a recipe challenge using Pepperidge Farm’s puff pastry. If any of you have ever tried to make puff pastry on your own, you know what a great, convenient product the frozen puff pastry is. It’s readily available in both sheets and shells. I keep some in my freezer all the time. As a matter of fact, the Toasted Pecan Chicken Salad I posted the other day would be great served in puff pastry shells!

Pepperidge Farm has a whole site located at http://www.puffpastry.com devoted to their puff pastry products. There are some great recipes already there and I’m honored to be asked to develop a new one to include. Part of the challenge in developing the new recipe is to use an ingredient native to the state of Georgia. Now, Georgia produces some great agricultural products and I’ve chosen one of my favorites – pecans – for this challenge.

I have some ideas floating around in my head, but I’d love to hear your ideas, too! What would you do with some puff pastry and pecans?

Disclaimer: Pepperidge Farm has offered to provide a stipend to cover time and materials for participating in this recipe challenge.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 J August 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

You could make a Georgian version of Baklava—with pecans and maple syrup instead of almonds and honey. It would be beautiful! Or somehow do a layered pecan “pie”….


2 Lana August 22, 2010 at 8:44 pm

That’s good idea. Maybe pecans and honey since I can’t the taste of maple syrup :-)


3 kateiscooking August 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Hi Lana – I think I’d make a chicken pot pie with a puff pastry topping. It’d be chicken, pecans, artichoke hearts, a white wine cream sauce, and of course, some thyme :-) Happy Sunday! Kate (kateiscooking)


4 Lana August 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Sounds good, Katie. Quite different ingredients than in a traditional pot pie!


5 foodlvr August 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Peach pie of some type or a peach tart? With a pecan topping? Or a streusel with pecans in it?


6 Lana August 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

The streusel idea sounds good!


7 Suzanne August 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Georgia Peaches and Pecans! It’s so . . . , well, Georgian!


8 Teri August 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I’d love to be creative and think outside the box when it comes to food but I just wasn’t blessed with that ability. Looking forward to reading all the suggestions though! Oh and I do love pastry.


9 Miss P August 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

Here’s my idea, taking advantage of some of the prior comments. Some sort of sweet dessert – either turnovers using the sheets, or timble like cups using the shells with a peach, pecan and cream cheese filling. Yep. Make it tonight, and Fed Ex it to me!

Miss P


10 Lana August 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I like the idea of a turnover. I’ll have to think on that one some more.


11 sensiblecooking August 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm

How about something simple? Palmiers with chocolate and pecan filling. That says I am chocoholic out loud.


12 Miss P August 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm

What did you decide ??
Miss P


13 Lana August 30, 2010 at 9:09 am

Still pondering…


14 Pam aka Bored Cook September 2, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I’m a nut for nuts and pecans are one of my favorites. (Cashews actually top my list).

When I think of pecans in dessert I always think of them with either a caramel/chocolate mix, or something similar to a pecan pie drenched in syrup.

I’ve also been on a chocolate craving spree lately (not that that is out of the ordinary for me and my love of chocolate!) so this is where my head is going with this.

Congratulations on the opportunity! I know you will come up with something fantastic!


15 Lana September 2, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I’ve made my recipe and submitted it, but can’t share it with all of you until I get word back from the Campbell’s Kitchens that they’ve finished their testing of it. It’s really good and I can’t wait to show it to everyone!


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