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What would pulverized pistachios enliven?

extrasalty Apr 20, 2009 03:43 PM

I have just under a cup of pulverized pistachios, left over from making goat-cheese-swaddled grapes. I’d love to try incorporating pistachio flavor into other savory dishes, but am at a loss, aside from possibly trying them as a stew thickener in place of hazelnuts. What do you think could use a hit of these gorgeous, nutty crumbs?

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    LauraGrace RE: extrasalty Apr 20, 2009 04:12 PM

    A crust for fish? A pistachio romesco sauce for grilled vegetables? A crunchy topping for stuffed broiled tomatoes?

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      Cebca RE: extrasalty Apr 20, 2009 04:30 PM

      Second the fish crust. Try it with halibut or similar. Also, ice cream topping.

      1. pitu RE: extrasalty Apr 20, 2009 04:30 PM

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/2889...
        pistachio gorgonzola risotto thread ^^^

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          cheesecake17 RE: extrasalty Apr 20, 2009 05:00 PM

          Dip rounds of goat cheese in the pistachios and broil for a minute or two. Nice over a salad.

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            ziggylu RE: extrasalty Apr 20, 2009 05:01 PM

            Pistachio mint pesto is quite nice on fish and shrimp.

            I also like to use pistachios in rice pilaf.

            If you still have some goat cheese, stuffed some dried apricot with goat cheese pistachios.

            Also if you have goat cheese - in a salad with the cheese and any number of fruits: apricot(dried or fresh if you can find them), grapes, mango, strawberries, etc

            I"ve made this bread stuffing wtih both turkey and roast chicken to positive responses: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

            1. AndrewK512 RE: extrasalty Apr 20, 2009 05:30 PM

              Fold them into mashed potatoes

              1. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: extrasalty Apr 20, 2009 07:19 PM

                I had some ravioli at a restaurant that was filled w/braised greens and ricotta and was lightly covered w/melted butter and pulverized walnuts. I think pistachios would work well. My other idea would be to fold it into some really good vanilla ice cream or honey flavored ice cream.

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                  Querencia RE: extrasalty Apr 20, 2009 08:07 PM

                  When the Obamas went out for Valentine's Day Dinner at Table 52 in Chicago, Michelle Obama ordered Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Breast (see their menu at "chicago restaurant menus").

                  1. extrasalty RE: extrasalty Apr 21, 2009 06:32 AM

                    These all sound fantastic but the fish/chicken crust idea is probably what we’ll be having tonight. To keep the nuts from overwhelming things I’m thinking of first doing a coating of buttermilk (possibly with Dijon or Colman’s mustard) instead of the usual milk – unless anyone has any other ideas.

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