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2013 Holiday Recipe Contest
Sponsored by the Texas Pecan Board

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    Peggy Dickerson, a Farmers Electric Cooperative member, shows off the recipe that won the $3,000 grand prize in our 2013 Holiday Recipe Contest.
    IMAGE: Rick Patrick
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    Peggy Dickerson, a Farmers Electric Cooperative member, shows off the recipe that won the $3,000 grand prize in our 2013 Holiday Recipe Contest.
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    Pecan Studded Crowns of Shrimp atop Royal Spring Greens
    IMAGE: Rick Patrick

We Texans love our pecans, especially when they’re native. Again this year, the Texas Pecan Board sponsored the annual Texas Co-op Power Holiday Recipe Contest, and the 2013 grand prizewinner has done our state’s favorite nut proud.

Peggy Dickerson

Farmers Electric Cooperative
$3,000 Grand Prizewinner

Rockwall resident Peggy Dickerson created a delicious recipe featuring Texas pecans, shrimp and a tangy Thai dipping sauce.

Dickerson says she was encouraged by her grandmother to cook and began experimenting in the kitchen as an 8-year-old.

“I like to create new dishes, and I’m really interested in how food looks on the plate,” she says, adding that her husband, Gary, teases her about the effort she puts into the presentation of meals. Her eye for delicious taste and presentation earned her the 2013 Holiday Recipe Contest $3,000 grand prize.

Be sure to check out all the 2013 winners in the Also in This Issue box at right.

Pecan-Studded Crowns of Shrimp
atop Royal Spring Greens

1 pound large shrimp
1 3/4 cups Texas pecans, divided
3/4 cup cornflakes
3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
4 teaspoons plus 1 cup sugar, divided
4 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons medium-grind sea salt, divided
1 egg
1/4 cup whipping cream
Dash red pepper sauce
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Oil for frying
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Thai sweet red chili sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon grated onion
Pinch ground pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 cups fresh spring mixed greens
6 dates, pitted and sliced
6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1 beet, roasted and cut into half-inch cubes (optional)
1 pear, peeled and thinly sliced


  • Peel and devein shrimp, leaving the tails attached. Finely chop 3/4 cup pecans. Crush cornflakes to 1/4-inch pieces. Mix pecans and cornflakes together in a medium bowl with breadcrumbs, 4 teaspoons sugar, sesame seeds, red and black peppers and 1 teaspoon sea salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, cream and pepper sauce. Place flour in a separate bowl.
  • Holding a shrimp by the tail, dip in flour, covering all but the tail. Next, dip in egg mixture. Finally, dredge in pecan mixture, patting gently to cover the shrimp well. Set aside and repeat process until all shrimp are breaded.
  • Heat 1 1/2 inches of frying oil to 350 degrees in a Dutch oven or electric skillet. Watching carefully, fry shrimp for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well on a rack or paper towels. Set aside.


  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, Thai chili sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, onion, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, pinch of ground pepper and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Set aside.

Glazed Pecans

  • Boil 1 cup water, remaining 1 cup sugar and cayenne pepper 5 to 7 minutes or until just slightly thickened. Stir in remaining 1 cup pecans and boil for another 5 minutes. While pecan mixture is boiling, mix brown sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon sea salt. Drain pecans and place on waxed paper. While still warm, sprinkle pecans with the brown sugar mixture and toss. Cool completely.


  • Gently toss greens with approximately half of the sauce, dates, goat cheese and beet cubes, if desired. Pile the greens mixture in the center of a plate.
  • On the greens, arrange 3 pear slices in the shape of a pyramid. Sprinkle with desired amount of glazed pecans. Carefully place 3 pecan-studded shrimp atop the pears and greens to form a “crown.”
  • Garnish with additional pecans and serve extra sauce on the side for dipping shrimp. Store any remaining candied pecans in an airtight container.

Servings: 6. Serving size: 1/6 of dish. Per serving: 668 calories, 24.2 g protein, 25.2 g fat, 86.1 g carbohydrates, 5.8 g dietary fiber, 1,664 mg sodium, 54.8 g sugars, 145 mg cholesterol

Texas Pecan Board

The Texas Pecan board is happy to sponsor the 2013 Texas Co-op Power Holiday Recipe Contest. Texas Pecans are top quality, fresh, and have a taste as big as Texas.


Useful Links


Texas Pecan Board


Texas Pecan Growers Association


National Pecan Shellers Association


What are you cooking?
Add Texas Pecans!


Pecan in the Shell: Buy them from any Texas Pecan Grower for guaranteed freshness and flavor. Crack and eat as fast as you can!


Pecan Halves: Typically bought to add a festive decoration to fresh salads or as a topper to baked goods. Nobody can resist a dish with beautiful pecan halves!


Pecan Pieces: Pecans that have been shelled and cut into pieces, making it easy to add them to fresh items like salads or ice cream or for adding to baking recipes. Try substituting pecan pieces where a recipe calls for other nuts and notice how the flavor increases. Pecan pieces impart lots of pecan flavor into dishes!


Pecan Meal: A byproduct of shelling and processing pecans. Meal will thicken sauces, enhance flavors in baking, can be used as a coating or breading on seafood, chicken or any fried foods and even makes great peanut butter.


Pecan Butter: A rich textured spread that can be used as a replacement for other “butters” or spreads and is used a lot in bakery and confectionery items because of its enhanced “nutty” flavor.


Pecan Oil: Made by pressing the natural oils out of the pecan kernel. One of the highest-quality oils sold, and good for you too! Substitute pecan oil anywhere your recipe calls for oil as a coating or in cooking.

From Winning Recipe to Magazine Cover

Check out the process of photographing the winning entry from the Texas Co-op Power Holiday Recipe Contest for our December cover.

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