Pistachio Flan with Candied Pistachios By: Chef Lauren Mitterer

Six to Eight Servings.

5 Egg yolks
2 Eggs
1 1/8 cup Sugar
1/2 tablespoon Vanilla
1/4 tablespoon Salt

6 ounces Milk
3 tablespoons Pistachio paste

2 cups heavy cream

½ cup Water
1 cup Sugar

Candied Pistachios:
½ cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Pistachios, shelled


For the Flan base:
In a large bowl, combine egg yolks, eggs, 1 1/8 cup sugar, vanilla, and salt.

Combine milk and pistachio paste. Strain into egg mixture through fine chinois using a ladle to press milk nut paste through

Add heavy cream to egg mixture skimming the foam off the top with a ladle.

For the Caramel:
In a saucepan, add 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Cook until caramel becomes amber color. Carefully pour hot caramel into ramekins. Let cool before adding flan base.
Garnish with Candied Pistachios (recipe below) before serving.

For the Candied Pistachios:
In a saucepan add 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Cook until caramel becomes amber color, then add 1 cup shelled pistachios. Carefully pour onto parchment lined baking sheet. Let cool completely. Roughly chop.

To Assemble:
Pour pistachio flan base into prepared ramekins. Sprinkle chopped candied pistachios over custard. Place ramekins in a shallow baking dish, add enough water until it reaches halfway up the ramekins. Bake in a 300˚ F. oven until the custards set. They will have a uniform jiggle- similar to jello.

Remove from baking dish and let come to room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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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!