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Nov 5, 2011 11:57 AM

What goes with Pistachio Gelato

For a dinner party next month, I would like to make David Lebovitz's Pistachio Gelato recipe but Im at a bit of a loss on what to serve it with.

I want something pastry like but not chocolate. I've seen it served with Baklava but I'm thinking something more like Individual Sticky Toffee Puddings sitting in a pool of Caramel sauce, topped with Pistachio Gelato and a piece of Pistachio brittle stuck in the gelato. Also, I'm looking for something that will have some wow factor on the plate.

Any other ideas?

Thanks in advance,

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  1. Spoon.

    Pistachio gelato, when made rights, is so perfectly fine on its own why clutter up the perfection with anything else.

    3 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit

      I agree - the toffee and caramel will fight the pistachio. I'd go with Pistachio biscotti, or even just a slice of pound cake. If you want it to look more "restaurant", cut a large round out a slice of pound cake and put the scoop of ice cream on top to fit. Crush the brittle and sprinkle around the plate.

      1. re: sbp

        Me too, agreed. Just a simple butter cookie, dipped in chocolate, or maybe an Italian orange scented cornmeal cookie, a few pistachios on the plate for garnish, and the pistachio brittle would suit me fine. Don't mess with perfection.

        1. re: bushwickgirl

          I second the Italian cornmeal cookie (although I do mine scented with vanilla and half-dipped in dark chocolate)!

    2. Or just some butter cookies and little pieces of your brittle on the side.

      1. Ok. Know you want wow factor and my last suggestion probably doesn't have that.

        How about butter cookies made in a size that would fit in he bottom of ramekins. Put your gelato in the ramekins so you can unmold into little things with the cookie on the bottom. Top with your pistachio brittle shards.

        1. Biscotti? Maybe chocolate or latte version.
          I know you said no chocolate, but a quality piece of dark chocolate would work for me. One nice square.

          1. Another thought: parfaits with your gelato alternated with something else, maybe a vanilla ice cream, for contrast. Then topped with the chards. Maybe a little canoli cookie stuck in?

            Or, take a ring mold. Alternate your pistachio gelato and vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Unmold and top with your pistachio brittle pieces. Butter cookies on the side. And if you want something added, put fresh fruit in the middle of the unmolded frozen ring, maybe strawberries or mango slices. That would be easier to serve than dinking around with individual ramekins at the last minute. And the alternating green and white unmolded ring, maybe with gold mango in the middle. Would also be really pretty, I think.