Pistachios are known as the happy nut in some parts of the world, but in Iran, it is known as the smiling nut, which can be attributed to its shape. Some also refer to pistachios as the green almond because it resembles the shape of an almond nut, while it boasts of a vibrant green colour.
Once slivered, these pistachios can make a great garnish to parfaits or waffles or added in muffins or pastries. Aside from these though, below are some other recipes with slivered pistachio nuts that you should try immediately.
Bean soup with some tomatoes is one of the best appetisers that you can serve and it will surely be a hit. For this recipe, you only need some dried skinless fava or lima beans which are softened in chicken or vegetable broth.
The key is in infusing the flavours of cumin and coriander with the broth, along with the crushed tomatoes. Greek yoghurt and slivered pistachios sprinkled on top of the soup will just seal its flavour.
One of the interesting, but easy recipes that you can make with slivered pistachios is grated carrot salad. The crunch brought about by the slivered pistachios is what makes this salad unique. Add to this the dressing which is infused by grapefruit and lime juices, together with some seasoning of cumin and red pepper flakes. This is best served as a side dish to your steak or grilled fish.
Lamb Stir Fry
For your main dish, you can serve a lamb stir fry that is infused with lots and lots of slivered pistachios that will add a unique taste and texture to the dish. For this recipe, you need to stir fry the lamb together with cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic, and vinegar, with a bit of salt and pepper to taste too.
When the lamb has a nice brown colour, infuse it with some slivered pistachio nuts, as well as caramelised onions. It is best to serve this dish over rice, topped with Greek yoghurt, pomegranate seeds, other herbs, and of course, more pistachios.
Chocolate Sheet Cake
For the cake of this recipe, you have the option of using unsweetened dark cocoa powder, or milk chocolate powder, depending on the sweetness or bitterness level that you desire. However, it is not in the cake where you will add the slivered pistachios, but rather, it is in the frosting.
Make the batter by following the golden rule of mixing the dry ingredients first before combining all the wet ingredients. Make sure that you preheat your oven before baking the cake. The key is in pouring the frosting on top of the warm cake and adding more slivered pistachios as a garnish. For sure, this will make a delectable dessert for you and your family.
To wrap things up, bean soup, carrot salad, lamb stir fry, and chocolate sheet cake are only some of the recipes that you can try with slivered pistachio nuts. Go ahead and explore some other dishes that can be enhanced with the vibrant green colour of these nuts. Not only this but expect a heightened flavour in your dishes too.