Pistachio Butter

Pistachio Butter
This is my entry for the September The Recipe Redux. The theme this month is "Dressing for Success" - condiments, spreads, and salad dressings. The goal is to make a regular recipe more healthy by incorporating more whole foods, less saturated fat, etc.

I typically don’t use dressing on my salads, so I moved on to the spread category. After telling my wife about the theme for the month we talked about a few different ideas. I settled on Pistachio Butter because she loves pistachios, and I thought a home-made version would be more healthy than the store-bought nut butters. This recipe has no added salt or sugar, and depending on your palate, no added fat.

This nutty spread is delicious and very easy to make. The most difficult part was finding raw shelled pistachios. I found several stores selling raw pistachio in the shell, but I was lazy didn’t want to spend an hour shelling. I experimented with roasting and blanching. I liked the raw taste better (sweeter), and it was easier.

The butter is slightly sweet and has a nice thick texture similar to wasabi. If you love pistachios, you need to make this butter!

Ingredients
Method
  1. I added the raw pistachios to my blender (vita-mix) and blended on high in short bursts. A powder developed first, and then a paste.
  2. If you like a creamy texture then add a tiny amount of oil in 1/2-1 teaspoon increments until your desired consistency is reached. We like it with 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil. 
This spread is delicious on the rosemary olive bread I made recently in the bread machine. The combination of savory bread and sweetness from the pistachio butter was a tasty combination. 

Pistachio Butter by
Chris Luhman @EverydayTasty

Yield: about 2 cups



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14 comments:

  1. WOW - does this sound divine (and on top of rosemary bread to boot) - yum! Thrilled to have you on board with Recipe ReDux!

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  2. Deanna: It was amazing. I will be making it again. Such a great combination of texture and flavors - so tasty. I'm happy to be part of the group! :)

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  3. Pistachio butter sounds fabulous! I was searching the stores a few weeks ago for unshelled pistachios, but couldn't find any...Perhaps I'll have to look some more, because, you're right-not so fun spending hours shelling pistachios! So glad you joined the Recipe ReDux!

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  4. Costco has unshelled, but they are roasted and salted. I found mine in the bulk section of the local co-op.

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  5. Gotta get making my own nut butters-thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. I've been enjoying making my own nut butters. You can get the taste and texture just where you like it. Very tasty too!

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  7. So simple, but so good!

    Chris, thanks for all of your help with The ReDux. You've already made the group better!

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  8. Thanks Regan. I enjoyed the challenge this month!

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  9. that color is so amazing.! i've been loving my cashew butter, but now i need some of this pistachio one everyday!

    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog

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  10. Richa: It tastes great. I need to make some more cashew butter too!

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  11. healthierhappierjeffie: you should!
    celyn: it is! you should try it.

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  12. This is so exciting! I've never heard of pistachio butter but I will definitely be trying this recipe... like, tomorrow. I have 3 lbs of those dang nuts in my pantry and now I finally have something to do with them other than just straight up eating them from the bag.

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