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Ijust got a 3lb. bag of pistacio's for a christmas gift. Besides eating them plain, what can I do with them? Theare in the shells, but the shells are open.<br><br>
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You could make a traditional Greek dish called Baklava. It's a holiday tradition in my family.<br>
1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough<br>
1 pound pisthois<br>
4 sticks<br>
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon<br>
1 cup water<br>
1 cup white sugar<br>
1 teaspoon vanilla extract<br>
1/2 cup honey<br><br>
DIRECTIONS:<br>
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Butter the bottoms and sides of a 13x9 pan.<br>
Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon. Set aside. Unroll phyllo dough. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep.<br>
Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You may cut into 4 long rows the make diagonal cuts. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.<br>
Make sauce while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes.<br>
Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool. Serve in cupcake papers. This freezes well. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up.
 

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First of all, there are NEVER too many pistachios in this household. With company around, that 3lbs would last about 2 days, tops!<br><br>
There are some good biscotti recipes with pistachios in them...try searching at marthastewart.com or epicurious.com for 'biscotti', and you should come up with something...if not, PM me and I'll look through my recipes, though I'm sure the one I have came from one of those two sources...<br><br>
I've also seen recipes for pistachio brittle somewhere, but I don't recall the source for that one...
 

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..../pssssst ...send them to my DH who INHALES them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
That bag would be gone in nothing flat...<br><br>
unfortunately, I'm SUPER allergic to them, throat swells up almost immediately from just ONE :cry So I don't experiment with them much.<br><br>
I have seen some fancy desserts (like the baklava) with them in it, ground fine. I saw a slice of strawberry cheesecake 'dusted' with pistachios ground really fine. Or on top of ice cream.<br><br>
I think if you put them in a pretty dish out for guests during the holidays, you will not have ANY left over. They are so tasty, I really wish I could eat them!
 

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Pistachio ice cream is my favorite. I have used them in many desserts that call for nuts, like cookies and turtle cheesecake. I also love them plain. yum.
 

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I use them in salads regularly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yummy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yummy">
 
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