For many kids, Monday marked the dreaded, exciting, pencil-biting first day of school. After long summers of beach time, cookouts and vacation, it's back to the grind in those "new school year" kicks. In celebration of teachers, books, and proudly being a "bringer", we've dubbed this week Nut Butters Week. Each day we will show you how to make a different kind of nut butter and give you recipes for 4 sandwich combinations, so there's no excuse of letting it sit in the back of your fridge.

bourbon pecan butter We love pecans. They have a depth of flavor and warmth that other nuts just can't keep up with and are a staple of Southern cuisine, one of our favorites. Add a little bourbon and brown sugar and, well, you've got a little piece of adult-sandwich heaven.  We wanted this butter to evoke feelings of leisurely Sunday breakfasts and sweater weather. Try it in our sandwiches and you'll never eat boring nut butters again. Don't forget to check back tomorrow for another nut butter how-to + 4 more sandwiches.

Homemade Bourbon Pecan Butter

8.5 Oz           Pecans 2 Tbsp          Bourbon 1 1/2 Tbsp   Brown Sugar 1/2 tsp         Coarse Salt 6 Tbsp        Safflower Oil

Preheat oven to 350. On a rimmed baking sheet, roast pecans until golden and aromatic. Once toasted, remove from oven and transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until crunched, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and add bourbon, brown sugar, oil, and salt. Process until smooth. Place almond butter in an airtight container and store in refrigerator.


Bourbon Pecan Sandwiches

The Southern Trifecta: BPB + Bacon, need we say more? BPB + Blackberry Jam Sweet Potato Pie: BPB + Sweet Potatoes + Fresh Black Pepper (great for using up those leftover sweet potatoes or upping your game on Thanksgiving's leftovers). BPB + Caramelized Onion Jam