Pistachio Flan

6 servings.

1 quart Milk
1 ¼ cups Sugar, divided
1 tablespoon Orange peel, grated
1/8 teaspoon Salt
½ cup Natural American pistachios, chopped
Eggs, beaten


Combine milk, ¾ cup sugar, orange peel and salt in saucepan. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer gently until liquid is reduced to approximately 3 cups. Strain and cool at room temperature. Heat remaining sugar in saucepan over medium high heat. When sugar begins to melt, reduce heat to medium. Cook until sugar is syrupy and brown; stir occasionally. Stir in pistachios and immediately spoon over bottom and sides of shallow 1 to 1 ½ quart baking dish; set aside to cool. Gradually add warm milk mixture to eggs; beat well. Pour into caramelized baking dish. Place dish in a larger pan; pour hot water into larger pan to half the depth of dish. Bake at 325° F. for 1 hour or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Remove dish from hot water. Cool and refrigerate 3 hours or until cold. To serve, run a knife around the edge of flan; dip bottom of dish into hot water to loosen caramel. Invert flan onto serving plate.

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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!