Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pecan Turkey with Maple Sauce- Easy Leftover Turkey Recipes



Maple Syrup and Maple Sugar

There can’t be a remedy better for fortifying the stomach” than maple sugar, a pioneer wrote in 1705. Maple sugar, boiled from maple syrup and the only sugar the first settlers had, has a long history that dates from the time American pioneers learned how to make it from the Indians. The same, of course, applies to maple syrup, another maple-tree product Americans are still familiar with, but there were also maple-derived products like maple water, maple vinegar, maple molasses, maple wax, maple beer, and even maple wine.

Did you know?

In 1906, Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg asked that a pecan tree be planted at his grave instead of a traditional headstone, requesting that the seeds be distributed throughout the state to make Texas a "Land of Trees". His wish was carried out and this brought more attention to pecan trees. In 1919, the 36th Texas Legislature made the pecan tree the state tree of Texas where the town of San Saba claims to be "The Pecan Capital of the World". Several other American towns and regions host annual events celebrating the pecan harvest.

6 to 8 servings


1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoon dark corn syrup
3 tablespoon applejack brandy
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 whole bone-in turkey breast, with skin or other turkey leftovers (3 to 4 lbs.)
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans


1) Heat oven to 350°F.

2) In small bowl, combine syrups, brandy and butter. Reserve 1/4 cup and set remaining mixture aside.

3) Place turkey breast skin side up in roasting pan. Brush evenly with 2 tablespoons reserved syrup mixture. Press pecans evenly over breast to coat. Cover with foil.

4) Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Brush remaining 2 tablespoons reserved mixture over breast.

5) Bake, uncovered, for 15 to 30 minutes, or until internal temperature registers 180°F in thickest part of breast.

6) Serve with remaining syrup mixture.

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Calorie Counter for Pecan Turkey with Maple Sauce

Per Serving:
Calories: 389
Protein: 40 g.
Carbohydrate: 14 g.
Fat: 18 g.
Cholesterol: 105 mg.
Sodium: 109 mg.
— Exchanges: 5 1/2 very lean meat, 3 1/2 fat

Pecans Nutritional Analysis

In a 100 gram amount, pecans provide 691 calories and over 100% of the Daily Value (DV) for total fat. Pecans are a rich source of dietary fiber (38% DV), manganese (214% DV), magnesium (34% DV), phosphorus (40% DV), zinc (48% DV) and thiamin (57% DV) (table). Pecans are also a good source (10-19% DV) of protein, iron and B vitamins (table). Their fat content is comprised mainly of the monounsaturated fat, oleic acid (57% of total fat), and the polyunsaturated fat, linoleic acid (30% of total fat).


James McWilliams. 2013. The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut. University of Texas Press. ISBN-10: 0292749163

Voyageur Press. 2015. Preparing Fish & Wild Game: Exceptional Recipes for the Finest of Wild Game Feasts. Voyageur Press. ISBN-10: 0760347395

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