Pistachio Macaroon

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2 pounds 10 ounces
Ingredients: 

9 oz. Egg whites
½ oz. Dried egg whites
7½ oz. Granulated sugar
15 oz. Powdered sugar
5 oz. Pistachio meal
5 oz. Blanched almond meal
1 g Green food coloring, powder

Instructions: 

1. Mix the powdered sugar, pistachio and almond meal, and food coloring powder together; then sift two times to remove the lumps.
2. Make a meringue with the egg whites, dried egg whites, and granulated sugar.
3. Combine the sugar-pistachio mixture and the meringue.
4. Pipe on a sheet pan with parchment paper or a silpat.
5. Bake at 350° F for 9 to 11 minutes (depending on the size of the macaroon)
6. Fill with a pistachio ganache, made with equal parts sweet pistachio paste and manufacturing cream.

Note: You can replace all the almond meal with pistachio powder/meal.

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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!