Pistachio Burger with Salmon, Fried Egg, and Pistachio Guacamole

8 small burgers

For the burger buns
½ cup milk
1 ¾ tablespoon butter
2 ½ teaspoon sugar
¼ cup water
1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cup spelt whole meal flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baker’s active dry yeast
1 egg
Milk for brushing on top
Chopped salted unshelled pistachios for sprinkling on top of buns

For the pistachio guacamole
1 ripe avocado
½ lime
1 small garlic clove
½ handful salted unshelled pistachios, chopped
Sea salt
Fresh pepper

Other ingredients
8 small salmon fillets, approximately ¼ pound each
Baby leaf spinach, washed
8 eggs
Sea salt
Fresh pepper
Oil for frying


Melt the butter and sugar into the milk and add the water. Leave to cool until the mixture is tepid.
Put both types of flour and the salt into a large bowl, mix, and add in the yeast. Add the milk mixture to the bowl and crack in an egg.

With a food processor/the kneading hooks of a hand mixer or your hands knead the mixture into an elastic, non-sticky dough. Add more flour if necessary.

Split the dough into 8 equal-sized pieces and shape into round buns, then place on the two baking trays lined with baking paper. Brush a little milk on the buns and sprinkle chopped pistachios on top. Then cover with another piece of baking paper and leave to rise for 60 minutes.
Heat the oven to 390°F and bake the burger buns for approximately 14 minutes until lightly browned.

Pistachio guacamole
Halve the avocado, remove the skin and the pit and chop the flesh into small pieces. Using a fork, mash the flesh, and stir in the lime juice. Crush a small clove of garlic in and mix in half a handful of chopped pistachios. Season with sea salt and fresh black pepper.

Pistachio burgers
For the burgers, heat some oil in a pan, then in portions fry the salmon fillets, season with salt and pepper and lay them on a plate. Keep warm in the oven at 120°F. Next add some more oil to the pan and gradually fry eight eggs. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve:
Halve the buns and fill them with baby leaf spinach, pistachio guacamole, a salmon fillet and a fried egg. Place the top half of the bun on the burger and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information per Serving: 506 calories, 38 g protein, 23 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 37 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 279 mg cholesterol, 387 mg sodium.

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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!