Creole Black Skillet Pistachios By: Chef Tory McPhail


1 pound Roasted, salted in-shell pistachios
2 tablespoon Oil
2 tablespoons Garlic, Minced
2 tablespoons Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoons Bourbon
1 tablespoon Black Pepper
2 teaspoons Creole Spice
2 tablespoons Sugar


Place a medium sized cast iron skillet on the stove over medium high heat for 3 minutes or until hot and starting to smoke. Bring all your pre measured ingredients close to the stove since this recipe goes really quick and only takes about 30 seconds of cooking.

Add the oil to the black skillet and swirl across the bottom to coat. Add the garlic and swirl until the garlic starts to turn golden brown. Immediately add the hot sauce and Worcestershire and shake to reduce. Pull the pan away from the stove and deglaze with the whisky and swirl while returning to the stove to flambé'.
When sauce is reduced, add the pistachios, shake in the black pepper, 2 teaspoons of creole seasoning and the sugar while tossing the pan to coat evenly. Remove the pistachios from the skillet and into a serving bowl so the seasoning doesn't become too dark or bitter.

Eat your pistachios like we would eat our crawfish, by first tasting the shell and all to get the seasoning, then peel off the shell to get the crunchy pistachio inside.

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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!