According to a recipe by Food Network's Guy Fieri, the main ingredients for southern pecan pie are a premade piecrust, pecans, light corn syrup, light brown sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla extract and salt. The recipe also notes that whipped cream can be used as a garnish when serving.
Per Guy Fieri's recipe, everything except the pecans and eggs should be mixed together, and the lightly beaten eggs should be added to that combination. The pecans are added on top of the finished mixture, and the pie is baked at 375 for 40 to 50 minutes. Variations on this basic pecan pie recipe include adding a dash of bourbon whiskey to the filling mix, baking in a cast iron skillet for a firmer crust or topping it with vanilla ice cream just before serving.
The southern pecan pie as Fieri envisions it has only been around approximately 80 years, and it's known for being very sweet in taste compared to most fruit pies. According to a 2008 survey by Crisco and the American Pie Council, 12 percent of respondents prefer the taste of pecan pie above other pie varieties, beaten out only by apple at 19 percent and pumpkin at a narrow margin of 13 percent.