Savory Saturday: 13 Pistachio Recipes with Pizzazz

If you love pistachios , you’re in good company. Apparently, the Queen of Sheba loved pistachios so much that she demanded that the entire region’s pistachio harvest be set aside for her. Talk about a nutty sense of entitlement! However, these days one need not be royalty to eat like the Queen. Here’s a collection of 13 delicious pistachio recipes, including tasty vittles for morning, afternoon, night, and including snacks and desserts!

In the morning

Pistachio frittata:

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start on a tasty note. This frittata features vegetables , spices, and coarsely chopped pistachios for a hearty and protein-packed vegetarian-friendly meal. Recipe here.

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Doughnuts with cardamom-pistachio glaze:

Like doughnuts? Then you’ll love these ones, which are fancied up with cardamom-pistachio glaze which gives them an exotic, Middle Eastern flavor. They remain somewhat virtuous, too--the doughnut base is vegan. Recipe here.


Snacks and sides

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Green beans with pistachio pesto:

Swapping pistachios for pine nuts in a pesto recipe gives the classic sauce a more nuanced, deep flavor. Use it to top fresh, snappy green beans, and you have yourself a bright, vibrant side dish. Recipe here .

Pistachio and chorizo cake:

Have you ever tried a savory quick bread? If not, here’s a fantastic recipe for your first attempt: a spicy chorizo and pistachio packed quick bread that is moister and more substantial than a cracker, and a perfect savory snack. Recipe here .

Fig and pistachio crackers:

These crispy crackers are good enough to eat plain, stuffed as they are with sweet, mellow figs, and toasty, salty pistachios. But they also beg to be topped with a delicious cheese for a classy pre-dinner party nibble. Recipe here .


Succulent savories

Apricot pistachio chicken salad sandwiches:

The recipe for these sandwiches is inspired by a sandwich served at a museum cafe. Serve spread on thinly sliced bread for a teatime treat, or heap it on a heartier slice of artisan bread for a satisfying meal. Recipe here .

Pistachio Crusted Pork chops:

Pork chops, a sometimes ho-hum dinner staple, gets a gourmet upgrade with the addition of a pistachio-studded bread crumb topping. It adds a rich, unexpected dimension to the flavor. Recipe here .

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Mashed potatoes with pistachios:

Pimp your potatoes with panache. This recipe, while simple to make, yields fancy-looking (and tasting) results, with a pistachio-studded mashed potatoes topped with decadent ham cubes and beans which take it from side dish material to meal-worthy in its own right. Recipe here .

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Pistachio poblano chile mole with tortillas:

For a satisfying and flavorful dish, try this delicious poblano chile mole studded with pistachios. Warming and comforting, it is a dish that certainly classifies as comfort food on a high degree. Recipe here .

A sweet finish

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Pistachio pudding cake:

A tender, moist, flavorful cake that is No, your eyes don’t deceive you. Pistachio pudding mix is the secret ingredient. It tastes even better when topped with chopped pistachios. Recipe here .

Pistachio milk fudge:

After a boldly flavored Indian meal, something sweet is in order to cleanse the palate. Rich with milk, ghee (clarified butter) and pistachio and scented with cardamom, this super-sweet confection is a welcome reprieve. Recipe here .

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Pistachio boule:

“Boule” comes from the French “ball” . In cake or bread form it generally refers to the shape, but incidentally, you’ll have a ball eating this delicate, egg white raised chocolatey pistachio cake which is easy to make but looks awfully fancy when served. Recipe here .

Pistachio macarons: After spying a Bluprint project featuring pistachio macaroons , you’ll definitely have an interest in trying out this fancy French cookie. While you’re at it, why not try them with a salted pistachio buttercream? Recipe here .

You may also enjoy our post on how to make pistachio pudding mix cake , aka Watergate Cake.

If pistachios appeal to your palate, then consider this recipe roundup a delicious treasure. Which culinary adventure will you embark upon first with pistachios?

August 10, 2013
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