The Vintage Press Black Pepper Pistachio Roasted Salmon Fillet

6 servings.

6 Salmon filets
1/4 cup Olive oil
1 cup Coarsely chopped, raw, American pistachios
1/4 cup Black peppercorns, crushed
1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
Salt to taste
2 cups Dry white wine
2 Shallots, diced
1/2 cup Whipping cream
1/2 pound Unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Juice of one half lemon
2 tablespoons Fresh chives, sliced


Combine pistachios, crushed black peppercorns and cilantro; season to taste with salt. Brush tops of salmon filets with olive oil and cover with pistachio mixture; put salmon filets in oiled pan and roast in a 450° F. oven, 8 to 10 minutes.
In saucepan, bring white wine to a boil, add the shallots and reduce until 1/3 remains. Add whipping cream, bring to a second boil and reduce until mixture thickens slightly. Reduce heat and slowly whisk in butter 1 piece at a time until all butter has been added, do not boil. Season sauce with salt, freshly ground pepper and lemon juice; add chives just before serving. To serve, spoon a 1/4 cup butter sauce onto 6 large dinner plates; place salmon filet on each plate, garnish with cilantro.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!