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what to do with fresh pistachios?

my parents took a field trip to a pistachio farm, and I got a giant bag of fresh pistachios, right off the tree. any ideas of interesting things to do with them, other than just eating them out of hand? thanks!

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  1. like you would almonds as in an Amandine. or Hazelnuts, doing a liquour or dessert .

    but out of hand is good enough

    or blanch, and slice into roasting vegetables.

    1. I once had an excellent recipe for pistachio merange cookies - let me see if I can find a link:
      this is pretty close, found this one:
      http://cabbagerosesandcupcakes.blogsp...

      1. over thick yogourt with rose-saffron syrup!

        1. Indian spiced pistachios! Here's one recipe, they're great for holidays:

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

          1. Claudia Roden's Pistachio Cake.

            I've made this a few times always to very positive reactions.

            http://www.bakingandbooks.com/2007/07...

            1. I agree that you should put them in a cookie. Something like this:

              http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives...

              Delicious!

              1. Apricots and pistachios combined are a fantastic flavor combo. Many desserts out there.

                Have you ever had Dukkah? It's a nut-based dip for pita. I've had it a few times, and flipped for it. This is an unbelievably wonderful flavor, and so different.

                PISTACHIO DUKKAH
                Dukkah varies in its blend of nuts, seeds and spices. You dip your pita or bread in oil and then in the dukkah. For pistachio-based dukkah, I like using pistachio oil also.

                1 cup shelled pistachios
                1/2 cup sesame seeds
                1/4 cup coriander seeds
                1/4 cup cumin seeds or 2 teaspoons ground cumin
                1/2 teaspoon dried mint (optional)
                1/4 teaspoon salt
                freshly ground black pepper
                Pita or Flat bread

                Oven preheated to 375. Toast sesame seeds 3 minutes, coriander seeds and pistachios for 5 minutes. Grind the pistachios coarsely, by pulsing on the food processor or using a mortar and pestle. Grind the coriander and sesame also, one at a time. Your grind can be chunky or fine, but be careful not to overprocess if using a food processor. Avoid turning it into a paste. Mix the ground nuts and seeds together, add salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container. Keeps for about one month. Serve with a small bowl of pistachio oil or high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, and pita or flatbread. Dip the bread into the oil and then the Dukkah. Makes about 2 cups.

                  1. Pulse some pistachios in a food processor about 1:1 with granulated white sugar and a splash of rosewater. It's delicious -- I made it as a cookie stuffing for Ma'amoul but I think it would be great over ice cream or yogurt.

                    1. (1) Roast them with spices (five spice blend) (garlic salt blend) (seasoned salt blend).
                      Place on top of brie wheel with several past of fresh butter, and bake.

                      (2) They are good in salads. Besides adding to a simple greens salad with ranch dressing
                      there is also Tyler Florence's recipe.
                      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ty...

                      (2) Also good in ice cream. Crush slighly and add to this BANANA ICE CREAM recipe.
                      A remarkably easy dessert that doesn't even require an ice cream maker.
                      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...
                      Serves 6.
                      Bon App├ętit
                      June 1998
                      The Cooks Exchange
                      Or sprinkle crushed pistachios with onto a baked apple set atop baked filo dough with cinnamon sugar

                      (3) There are many recipes for pistachio encrusted protein (chicken, fish, cheese, lamb).

                      See, http://community.middlebury.edu/~dolc...

                      and search sites like Food Network and Cook's illustrated for '"pistachio encrusted"

                      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&am...

                      (4) Or use in a stuffing in pork rolls or chicken.