Pistachios have been farmed for over 10,000 years and are a favorite snack and ingredient the world over. The bright green nuts have a delicious nutty flavor and work well in both sweet and savory dishes. Whether pistachios are ground and made into a smooth pesto or pudding, sprinkled atop cookies or cakes, or used to create a crunchy crust for lamb, the nut is a tasty addition to a variety of recipes.
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Celebrate all things pistachio with this lively green pistachio cake. Made with yellow cake mix, instant pistachio pudding, and toasted nuts, it's a light, fluffy, and creamy dessert that is easy to prepare. Whipped topping and more pudding are combined with milk to make a light frosting with an appealing green tint.
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This creamy and delicious homemade pudding made with puréed pistachios, sugar, milk, eggs, and vanilla only needs a topping of whipped cream and a sprinkle of nuts to turn it into an impressive dessert. Using raw, unsalted pistachios will help preserve the fresh nutty flavor of this pistachio pudding.
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Israeli Tahini Halvah
Halvah is a tahini-based (sesame seed paste) dessert that can be flavored with nuts, chocolate, and other ingredients. This pistachio halvah is delightfully nutty, and after it sits for a couple of days, it will form its signature crystalline texture.
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Pork, Apricot and Pistachio Sausage
Take pistachios into savory territory with this pork, apricot, and pistachio sausage recipe. A mixture of ground pork, dried fruit, and nuts is wrapped around flavorful Merguez sausage for a memorable, meaty dish. Make it part of your holiday dinner for an extra offering of meat with unique, delicious flavor.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Cardamom Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
Butter cookies are improved with the addition of fragrant ground cardamom and toasty nuts. Cardamom pistachio shortbread cookies are simple enough for a family dessert but are flavorful and pretty enough for a bake sale or dessert table spread.
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Honey Pistachio Ice Cream
This quick and easy honey pistachio ice cream is sure to please any pistachio lover. It doesn't require any cooking since it is egg free, so you can mix up the ingredients and add the mixture directly to the ice cream maker. Sweet and nutty, it's a creamy treat that tastes great sprinkled with more chopped nuts.
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Pear and Pistachio Galette
Easier than a pie but just as delicious, a pear and pistachio galette is an autumnal treat. The pistachios are incorporated into the flaky pastry as well as sprinkled on top of the galette for crunch. With sliced pears as the filling and a cinnamon-honey glaze to finish it off, this rustic pie is a perfect mix of sweet, fruity, and nutty.
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Gunpowder Gimlet Cocktail
This cocktail recipe takes a bit of prep, but you'll be rewarded with a memorable drink. The pistachio honey syrup is made by letting salted pistachios steep in honey and water to create a delicious salted pistachio honey syrup. It perfectly balances the green tea gin and lemon to make a gunpowder gimlet.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Pistachio Cake With Cardamom Glaze
Ground pistachios add a nutty flavor to this moist Bundt cake made with Greek yogurt. A simple glaze made with powdered sugar and ground cardamom adds sweetness and spice to the finished cake. Serve the pistachio cake as dessert or at teatime.
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Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb
Take a rack of lamb up a notch by slathering it with Dijon mustard and herbs de Provence and then adding a crisp coating of breadcrumbs and nuts. Pistachio-crusted rack of lamb is special occasion-worthy, with its unique combination of flavors and textures and beautiful presentation.
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Crunchy Pistachio Nut Fudge
Fluffy white chocolate fudge gets additional flavor and color from pistachio pudding and chopped toasted nuts. The festive green pistachio fudge is a fun holiday treat but is easy enough to make any time of year.
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Whole Wheat Pistachio Lemon Bread With Lemon Glaze
Made with whole wheat flour, this quick bread is a healthy breakfast, brunch, or teatime treat. Pistachios and fresh lemon juice flavor the batter as well as the glaze that is drizzled on top of the cooled bread. Store any leftover pistachio lemon bread for a few days for a quick snack.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Pistachios are a popular ingredient in Middle Eastern sweets, including this variation on baklava. Packaged phyllo dough is layered with melted butter and pistachios and soaked in a honey syrup for a sweet and flaky dessert.