Pistachio Nougat by Chef Dahlia Narvaez

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Ingredients: 
Metric Grams (Original) Metric High-Volume Yield % Comments
Yield 2-4 dozens (depending on the size) 20-40 dozens (depending on the size)
Egg, whites 100 g 1000 g 5.22 % 3 large eggs yield 100 g of whites
Sugar, powdered 180 g 1800 g 9.40 %
Honey 340 g 3400 g 17.75 % Mild flavored
Vanilla, bean 0.00 % Split
Pistachios 245 g 2450 g 12.79 %
Almond, slices 145 g 1450 g 7.57 % Lightly roasted
Flour, pistachio 905 g 9050 g 47.26 %
Total 1917 g 19170 g 100.00 %

Method:

Prepare a parchment lined baking sheet, dust the surface with half of the pistachio flour. Reserve the second half. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg whites, powdered sugar, honey and vanilla bean. Place bowl with egg mixture over a pot with simmering water and whisk briskly over medium heat for 45 minutes. Mixture will transform into a thick stark white mass. Remove vanilla bean; quickly fold in pistachios and almonds. Transfer to pistachio flour dusted baking sheet. Carefully pat out the nougat onto the surface to about 2.5 cm thick. Quickly dust the surface of the nougat with remaining pistachio flour. Completely cool before cutting. Store at room temperature.

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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!