Cod Confit with Americans Pistachios by Chef Stefania Corrado


1 pound cod’s fillets (already cleaned)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
8 morels
Natural American Pistachios, smoothed and grounded into flour
Cognac to taste

Spiced milk and pistachios sauce:
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
Star anise to taste
Timut pepper to taste
Black pepper to taste
1/3 cup toasted American pistachios paste
Salt to taste


For the cod:
Cut the cod fillet into 4 portions. Cook it vacuum-sealed with a little salt and olive oil over low heat for 13 minutes, or use a steamer.

For the spiced milk sauce:
Boil the milk and cream and let reduce by 1/3; remove from heat and add the spices to infuse. Cover with a plastic wrap and set aside. Before serving the sauce, filter with a sieve. Bring the spice milk to a boil and blend in the pistachio paste.

Soak the morels in lukewarm water and sautè, blending with a little cognac. Serve the cod with spiced milk and pistachios sauce, morels and pistachio natural flour.

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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!