Sirloin with Pistachio Hummus

2 servings

For the hummus:
½ cup peeled pistachios
1 ¼ cup cooked chickpea
2 garlic cloves
Juice of one lime
¼ cup water
1/3 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the sirloin:
You can opt for the classic pork tenderloin or, if you prefer a lower calorie meat, try turkey tenderloin. The most important thing is to trim excess fat from the pork.
2 pounds coarse salt
¾ pound pork tenderloin or turkey


For the hummus:
To enhance the flavor of the pistachios, roast them in a pan until they begin to look glossy. Place the toasted pistachios, along with a little bit of salt and pepper, oil and water into a blender or food processor; process into a paste. Add the chickpeas, lime juice, and garlic; season to taste and process until creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.

For the sirloin:
Preheat oven to 400° F. Trim the fat from the tenderloin and season with pepper. Place a thick layer of salt in the bottom of a roasting pan and moisten. Place the tenderloin on top of the salt and cover it with another thick layer of salt; moisten the salt.

Bake at 400° F for approximately 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the tenderloin. It’s done when the salt layer begins to crack and open. Remove from the oven and break the salt layer. Remove the steak with tongs and a brush to help clean up the debris of salt. Fillet meat and 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!