Gorgeous in colour, rich in nutrients and straight up delicious, it’s no surprise that the pistachio has been declared the nut of 2015. These sweet, creamy kernels have been hiding in salads and granola for far too long, and now they’re finally getting the culinary spotlight they deserve. And we’re here to help you explore the pistachio’s versatility. From kale and pistachio pesto to nut butter and frosted pistachio bread, these tantalizing recipes will ensure you carve out time every weekend to try one of them.
21 ways to use pistachios, the world’s most underrated nut
Mango KulfiKulfi is essentially India’s take on ice cream. Creamy and perfumed with cardamom and saffron, this frozen dessert gets texture and a burst of colour from crushed pistachios. We challenge you to eat just one.
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Matcha White Chocolate Pistachio CupsChocolate peanut butter cups, you have some serious competition. This version has smooth pistachio butter, and is enrobed in a matcha-infused white chocolate for a treat that will make any chocolate lover swoon.
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Baked Pistachio Pudding DonutsThe secret ingredient that makes these donuts like fluffy clouds? Instant pudding mix! For added pistachio power, chopped pistachios are added to the batter and then sprinkled on top over the sweet honey glaze. You’re welcome.
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Pistachio Pie with Lemon Whipped CreamCrunchy, creamy, subtle, zesty and floral…are just some of the words blogger Elizabeth uses to describe this pie. Lemon shortbread cookies form the base of the crust on which a light mascarpone, cream and pistachio filling sits. It’s mousse and cheesecake-like. Win-win!
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Pistachio Bon BonsThis recipe says volumes about simplicity. Just pistachios, macadamia nuts and agave syrup are needed to craft these little treats. Whether served post- dinner with coffee or packed into a gift box for a friend, these bon bons will impress either way.
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Rosewater, Cardamon and Pistachio LassiPistachios are used only as a garnish for this cooling Indian drink, but they pair beautifully with the rose water and cardamom. It’s like sipping on dessert with complex flavours, but without having to break too much of a sweat to put it together.
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Goat Cheese Truffles with Honey & PistachioGoat cheese? Yes. Honey? Yes. Pistachios? Double yes! The tricky part of this recipe is getting the honey in the centre (yes it has a liquid centre!), but we love the idea of getting messy while shaping each of these balls. Lots of finger licking goodness!
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Brussels Sprout Salad with Pistachios and PecorinoIt’s always inspiring to find new ways to try old ingredients. That’s why we love this fresh take on Brussels sprouts served raw, simply shaved and tossed in a balsamic-honey vinaigrette and spiked with Pecorino for some bite and pistachios for crunch. Yummy.
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Pistachio Cherry Cream-Stuffed French ToastWhat’s not to like about French toast? It’s even better when it’s challah stuffed with this cream cheese-cherry-pistachio filling and fried in oodles of butter. If our weekend only involves making and eating these babies, we’re completely fine with that.
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Pistachio-crusted SalmonThe gorgeous coral salmon and fresh green pistachios are just screaming to be Instagrammed. Don’t you agree? This dish also just happens to be high in omega-3 fats thanks to the fish and nuts, making it healthy and pretty at the same time.
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Frosted Pistachio BreadPistachios can be expensive, so this instant pudding mix recipe is a sneaky way to get the flavour of the nut without having to shell out (see what we did there?) too much cash. A sprinkling of chopped nuts on top adds just the extra crunch and pizzazz it needs.
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Cranberry Pistachio Granola BarsIn case you hadn’t heard, cranberries and pistachios are a match made in flavour heaven. Inspired by the combination often found in trail mixes, blogger Julie created these soft and chewy bars that are the perfect portable snack when traveling or picnicking.
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Pistachio Pesto HummusWhether homemade or store-bought, any hummus will benefit from a helping of Pistachio Spinach Basil Pesto. It also turns the dip a beautiful pale green hue, which makes it suitable for St Patrick’s Day or Halloween celebrations. Best served with tortilla chips or chicken wings.
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Pistachio Spinach Basil PestoThis might just become the go-to condiment in your kitchen. According to blogger and recipe creator, Zerrin, this pesto is good with everything – from chicken wings and chips to pasta and pizza. The addition of spinach is sheer genius in our books.
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Raw Key Lime Pistachio BitesJust three ingredients to pistachio bliss? We’re on board with that. Toronto-based blogger Davida adds some pucker to these balls with key lime juice that helps balance the richness of the nuts and sweetness of the dates. We’ll take two, please.
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Pistachio Baklava CakeSlow clap please. Blogger Ken gets the Pistachio King crown with his take on the popular Middle Eastern dessert. How does he do it? By creating a spiced pistachio cake that’s sandwiched and topped with discs of orange-syrup doused baklava layers. Amazing!
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Pistachio Crumbed ChickenRethink the breadcrumb coating the next time you’re looking to create a crust on chicken. Swap it for chopped pistachios instead. No, really. Blogger Ellen suggests serving this chicken with a side of pasta or as an appetizer with lemon-wasabi mayonnaise. Nom!
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Orange Pistachio BiscottiGive your coffee or tea time some Italian flair with this twice-baked cookie that’s chock full of chopped pistachios and scented with orange zest. We’ll pretend we didn’t just catch you with your hand in the cookie jar. Yeah, they’re that good!
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Pistachio Cheesecake DipOkay, this is a bit of a cheat because the pistachio flavour comes from instant pudding mix, but it was too good to pass up. Just stir in chopped bits of the real thing and you’re in business.
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Kale and Pistachio SoupWinter or summer, this light and delicious soup works like a charm for all seasons. The nuttiness of the pistachios is refreshed by the lemon juice and balanced by the umami of the Parmesan cheese. Definitely made for sharing.
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Bacon Pistachio Goat Cheese BallsThis is the final pistachio ball recipe – we promise. But we did save the best for last, because this one has bacon. Hmmmm…bacon. Blended with the pistachios to create the outside crust, these balls will have everybody wondering what the extra flavour booster is.
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