Pistachio Hamburger

4 Servings

For the burger bread:
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoons active yeast
2 medium eggs
1 ½ cup bread flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter
Sesame seeds
Chopped pistachios
1 beaten egg

For the burgers:
¾ pound ground beef
½ pound ground pork
Black pepper
1/3 cup chopped pistachios
1 camembert cheese
20 pickled gherkins


For the hamburger buns:
Bring the milk to a lukewarm temperature (98°F); pour into a mixer and add the yeast. At low speed, mix for about 10 seconds to dissolve the yeast. Add eggs, flour, sugar and salt; mix for 30 seconds at medium speed. Using the paddle attachment, knead the dough for 5 minutes.

Let the dough rest a few minutes, add the butter and then knead again for another 5 minutes.
Let the dough rest in the bowl, covered, for one hour or until doubled in volume. Then knead again for another 10 minutes.

Remove the dough with well-oiled hands so the dough doesn’t stick to them. Make 4 balls and place them on a baking paper-lined tray. Leave it another hour, in a warm place free of drafts.
Preheat oven to 400º F.

Brush the top of the loaves with a beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped pistachio. Place the bread into the oven, reduce the temperature to 350° F and bake 20 to 30 minutes. The last 10 minutes cover with aluminum foil so top of bread does not burn.

For the burgers:
Mix the two types of meat and add salt, pepper and chopped pistachios. Form 4 patties and let sit at room temperature. Heat a little oil in a fry pan. Fry each burger over medium heat for 6 minutes on each side. Slice the gherkins and place them on top of the burgers. Place each one into a sliced bun.

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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!