Love pistachios? There are lots of ways to incorporate these small green nuts into your cooking. Below are just 6 of the best pistachio recipes to try.
Pasta with Pistachio Sauce
For a taste of Sicily, why not try whipping up a gorgeous pistachio pasta sauce? All you need is unsalted pistachios, smoked ham, spring onions, ricotta cheese and butter.
To create this sauce, take the pistachios and toast them for a couple minutes before crushing them. You can also try parboiling pistachios for a different texture. Meanwhile, pan-fry the spring onions in butter until soft.
Then take the cooked spring onions and crushed pistachios and put them in a blender. Add the smoked ham to the blender and then mix into a paste. This paste can then be mixed with the ricotta cheese in a separate bowl, creating your sauce.
Boil some pasta and mix in with the sauce. Sprinkle some parmesan on top and there you have it – a delicious nutty pasta dish.
Lime and Pistachio Salmon
Pistachios also go surprisingly well with fish. If you’ve got a salmon fillet, consider topping it with a homemade paste of pistachios, lime juice, dill weed, brown sugar and pepper.
Start by chopping up the pistachios. Then mix in a bowl with the lime juice, dill weed, brown sugar and pepper. Using a spoon, spread this mixture over the top of the salmon fillet. Then bake the salmon in the oven for twelve to fifteen minutes at 425 degrees.
Once cooked, the mixture should form a nice crispy texture on top. You can serve up the salmon with whatever other foods you want.
Salad with Pistachio, Goats Cheese and Fig
You can also toss pistachios into a salad. When combined with goats cheese and fig this makes for a mouthwatering Mediterranean salad.
The ingredients could be loosely mixed in. Alternatively, you could try stuffing the pistachios and goats cheese into figs and baking them. For an extra kick, try also adding some shallots, thyme leaves and honey.
While pistachios can be incorporated into a number of savoury dishes, they work best in sweet dishes. Pistachio cake is a prime example of this.
For this recipe, you’ll need all the usual cake ingredients (flour, baking soda, butter, sugar, salt, egg whites and milk), as well as pistachios, vanilla extract and possibly some almond extract too (or you could use whole almonds).
Break down the pistachios in a blender. Then combine the pistachio crumbs with flour, baking soda, sugar and salt, mixing it into a powder. After this combine with wet ingredients including butter, egg whites and a dash of milk. Pour into a baking tray and then bake for just over twenty minutes.
Feel free to add your own icing to the top. This too could whole pistachios or could be made using a pistachio and cream paste.
Biscotti with Pistachio
Biscotti are centuries-old Italian cookies often served with coffee. They can taste great combined with pistachio nuts.
For this recipe you’ll need flour, baking powder, unsalted butter, sugar, eggs, chopped pistachios, ground cardamom and vanilla extract. It’s also possible to combine other ingredients such as almonds or even dried cranberry for a festive touch.
Biscotti comes from the latin ‘biscotus’, which means ‘twice cooked or twice baked’. This involves baking the dough, cooling it and then baking it again. This guide on how to make biscotti at home offers a great explanation on this process including how long to cook it each time and how long to leave it to cool. Take care when cutting as it can get quite crumbly.
Pistachio Ice Cream
Pistachio can also be used to create a mean ice cream. For this recipe, you’ll need pistachios, milk, sugar, almond extract, egg yolks and whipping cream.
To create this ice cream, ground the pistachios and then combine with other ingredients into a saucepan. Boil into a custardy consistency. Then leave to chill.
Combine the whipped cream to the custardy mixture. Then use an ice cream maker to process the mixture (if you haven’t got an ice cream mixture, read this guide on how to make ice cream without one). Once processed, freeze the mixture and it will form into ice cream.
This ice cream could go perfectly with pistachio cake or biscotti. It could be a great dessert for impressing dinner guests.