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Old 02-12-2012, 12:53 AM   #11
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The folks at Jello make pistachio pudding mix, Pmeheron. I'm sure you can find it in your regular supermarket. Although I'd want to see the recipe before recommending it.

Pistachios are very big (literally as well as figuratively) in Sicily. See if you can find a book on Sicillian cooking, and I'd bet there will be recipes in it using them.

I like to crush them, and use them as a breading when panfrying fish and chicken. They also can sub anytime pinenuts are called for. And a handful of pistachios in a pate is often the crowning touch.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:53 AM   #12
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pistachios are also popular in turkish cuisine.

my neighbors make turkish baklava using pistachios, and a similar dish called ekmek kadiyifi which uses shredded phyllo instead of sheets. here's a close recipe, just sub pistachios for the hazelnuts: Kadayif Recipe

i've also had greek ekmek katayifi, which is similar to the turkish version but the shredded phyllo is atop a pistachio custard.

my neighbors also make milk and nut pudding that's topped with pistachios. another close recipe: Turkish Milk and Almond Pudding (Keskul) Recipe | Yummly
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:08 AM   #13
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pistachios are also popular in turkish cuisine.

my neighbors make turkish baklava using pistachios, and a similar dish called ekmek kadiyifi which uses shredded phyllo instead of sheets. here's a close recipe, just sub pistachios for the hazelnuts: Kadayif Recipe

i've also had greek ekmek katayifi, which is similar to the turkish version but the shredded phyllo is atop a pistachio custard.

my neighbors also make milk and nut pudding that's topped with pistachios. another close recipe: Turkish Milk and Almond Pudding (Keskul) Recipe | Yummly
I have been dying to may kadayif. I just couldn't get shredded phyllo! Where did you find it?
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:23 AM   #14
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Pistachio Biscotti Italian Cookies or Baklava

I agree with the Baklava. Biscotti in Italy normally calls for almonds however, pistachios can be quite fabulous.

*** Recipes sent on request.

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Old 02-12-2012, 08:27 AM   #15
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Pistachio Breading for Fish or Chicken

@ H.F.

Hi Brook,

this sounds quite interesting ... in Spain and Sicily ( the Moorish - year 800 ) they use more almonds in their pastries and concoctions however, in Turkey and Greece they use pistachios more.

Have to try this.

Thanks for idea.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:30 AM   #16
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Yes, send it.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:41 AM   #17
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Nope! None of the regular grocery stores carry pistachio pudding here. Now, Central Market might carry it, but the nearest one is up in San Antonio. It is about 150 miles north of here and therefor impractical to go there. The customers here in Kingsville are only interested in beans, burritos and beer.
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Nope! None of the regular grocery stores carry pistachio pudding here. Now, Central Market might carry it, but the nearest one is up in San Antonio. It is about 150 miles north of here and therefor impractical to go there. The customers here in Kingsville are only interested in beans, burritos and beer.

Oh, as an addendum to the previous post, I need to add that in recent years the only pistachio ice cream I have seen contains almonds instead of pistachios.
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@ PM: Pistachio Biscotti Cookies

As per your request, here is one of our family recipes from Grandmom Margherite and I:

Makes 5 dozen ( and they are lovely with breakfast coffee )

2 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups cake flour
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
4 large eggs
2 tsps sweetened butter room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups shelled pistachios chopped


1) preheat the oven at 300 degrees farenheit
2) Grease and flour 2 large cookie sheets.
3) mix the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl with an electric mixer
4) add eggs, room temperature butter, vanilla and almond extracts
5) blend ingredients well until combined
6) stir in the pistachios
7) transfer dough to a cutting board well floured
8) using well floured hands, form into 5 or 6 logs of 1 x 6 "
9) space the logs on the cookie sheets 2 1/2 " apart ( they extend in baking ) that have been prepared
10) bake until light golden brown about 1 hour
11) transfer the logs to the cooking board, and using a serrated knife, slice the logs on the diagonal into 1/2 inch wide biscotti.
12) then place biscotti on the cookie sheets with cut surface facing down
13) re- bake for about 30 mins until golden brown
14) let cool on rack

Have a nice Sunday.
Keep us posted.

*** one can make a risotto with pistachios too ... any recipe calling for almonds shall work ...

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I have been dying to may kadayif. I just couldn't get shredded phyllo! Where did you find it?
i'll ask my neighbours. they probably buy it in a nearby middle eastern market, but i wouldn't put it past them that they make it themselves. they do almost everything from scratch.
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