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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Avocado Appetizer: Anne leBlanc's Pistachio Avocado

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After a weekend in the Adirondack Mountains and a Memorial Day parade and barbecue I was relieved  that French Friday's recipe was so simple... or so I thought? If it wasn't for the pistachio oil this recipe would have been a cinch. Oh Dorie, you always have to push us a little beyond our limits. I spent a morning traveling around to speciality shops looking for an oil that no one has ever heard of: walnut, orange, lemon, peanut, even avocado oil,... but pistachio oil: jamais entendu parler de lui. 

So I sent an all points bulletin out to the Dorista's and within a short while Theresa came to my rescue with a recipe to make my own pistachio oil. It was simple and the result... OK, pistachio oil. 

This appetizer was very Mediterranean to me, the dishes I ate that were flavored with pistachio simply had chopped pistachio sprinkled on top of them. I can remember a delicious dessert cheese in Turkey that was topped with honey and pistachio, and a not so great Lebanese raw ground lamb dish that was doused with olive oil and pistachios. 

With the memory of these dishes in mind I sprinkled some ground pistachio on top of my avocado appetizer, a eureka moment,... next time I make this dish I will just put good quality olive oil on it and pistachios. The pistachio oil is just not necessary to get the flavor, and I like the contrast of the crunchy pistachios to the velvety avocado.

The verdict from the family: my husband loved it and so did I and my son said, "It was interesting... not like stuff I usually have, different." I consider that comment a thumbs up. My daughter has nut allergies so she made guacomole with her avocado which she enjoyed very much.


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Avocado Pistachio Appetizer

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan Anne leBlanc Pistachio Avocado recipe
Preparation time: 7 minutes                    Serves: 4
Ingredients:
2 ripe Hass avocados sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons good quality extra virgin or speciality olive oil
2 tablespoons of ground roasted salted pistachios
1 teaspoon of fleur de sel or other course salt

Directions:
1) With a mini food processor or coffee bean grinder grind the pistachio into fine pieces.

2) Slice the avocado plate them on 4 dishes and brush the pieces with lemon juice.

3) Drizzle some oil on the the slices and top them with a small amount of pistachios and salt.
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53 comments:

  1. I read the P&Q's last night and it finally hit me that the oil sititng in my cupboard was avocado oil, not pistachio. My pistachio oil was made last night - so fingers crossed for tonight!

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    1. You'll be able to taste some pistachio, but I doubt our homemade stuff is like the "good quality pistachio oil" Dorie talks about.

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  2. I love anything with avocado. This dish looks great and I love the simple flavors!

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    1. I hope you get to try it. Pistachio works really well with avocado.

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  3. I had to avoid avocados. Something about the greenness and mushy texture. This last year though, I have really taken to them. I'll have to try this one sometime.

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    1. If you like pistachios you'll love this. Glad to here you're getting more food adventurous.

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  4. I also added some toast, but I think the big difference was the crunch from the nuts. Love your plate Diane! The oil makes the dish.

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  5. Hmmm...I like the idea of using olive oil and ground up pistachios very much. Biding my time, waiting for a ripe avocado. Yours looks delicious!

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    1. What a bummer they aren't ripe. Avocados really aren't like a banana or other fruit that you can eat a little unripe.

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  6. No pistachio oil and no ripe avocado for me this week so I made the asparagus soup from last week but I put some pistachios in it to keep up with the theme :) Have an amazing weekend Diane!!!

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    1. Now that's an interesting use of pistachios.. they really are a great topper.

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  7. I think it's much prettier fanned out like you served these avocados :) And although the pistachio oil was nice, I think the walnut oil in my fridge would have been just as satisfying! Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Fan out was also much easier to eat. Avocados are pretty filling and to have a whole half as an appetizer with a gallon of oil in it would have been too much for me.

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  8. Great minds Diane as I too augmented with pistachio. I would consider getting some someday. You can get good stuff on Amazon so if you are buying something else from them its worth to have it sent to you. I'll be using it in just about everything now. Really loved it.

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    1. I figured that the good stuff would be really exceptional. I love to throw in a good foodie item or two when I place an Amazon order.

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  9. Such pretty presentation! I enjoyed making the pistachio oil, but I think I'm going to buy a bottle. It's lovely.

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    1. Yeah, my oil had the taste of pistachio but it wasn't really exciting. I may check out the Dorie oil too.

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  10. Lovely idea to have the nuts sprinkled on top. I went the "fill the hole" route and it really just looked and felt unfinished. I guess we didn't appreciate the natural state of the ingredients but we did like it. I just did seem like a lot of oil, and that it would have been even better with a "little something". If not for taste, then for added texture. But I did like the homemade oil....and not turning on an oven as it is 95 degrees here in PA.

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    1. It is smoking here in NY now too. I totally understand not turning on the oven. My daughter had to be convinced this morning not to make a cake and instead she made a stove top banana cream pie... it is tough in the summer with a house full of cooks.

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  11. Bet it would be great spinkled with a little chopped pistachio. Good idea.

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  12. I made my own oil too and immediately fell in love with the stuff. I like the way you dressed your avocados. Fanned out like that.. so pretty.

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    1. Thanks so much, yes the homemade stuff is pretty good, but now Trevor has me curious about real pistachio pressed oil, sounds even more flavorful.

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  13. I love that your kids are already foodies! I don’t think my grandkids would have eaten this. Although they do love guacamole! This one was a hit with me…I really enjoyed it. I ate mine for lunch! I also enjoyed the ease of a non-recipe! Yours looks so pretty sliced and sprinkled with pistachios! Happy weekend, Diane!

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    1. Thanks Kathy,
      Maybe you need to have a foodie summer camp with your grandkids and get them cooking and eating some Dorie recipes. I really think a lot of the reason my kids are open to new foods is because they have always cooked with me and I've tolerated the mess they make.

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  14. Diane, lovely presentation of your avocado slices sprinkled with chopped pistachios - this was indeed a nice recipe and how nice that you all enjoyed this so much - although as you alreday know I used the Pistachio Oil for this, I can imagine this also being a very delicious appetizer with different kinds of oil.
    Have a wonderful Sunday and I hope that you have fully recovered from your surgery by now!

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    1. Oh thank you Andrea for asking about my surgery... I am fully recovered and can eat everything now. I wish I knew about this recipe when I was still on a soft food diet.

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  15. I made the homemade oil (a la Teresa) too. I found the pistachio flavor came through and loved it with the avocado, though maybe I wasn't so thrilled about filling the hole. I like how your drizzled it. I didn't strain the oil, so had ground nuts from the bottom of the jar to add to the hole. I liked it, but it was a bit intense. How are you going to use the rest of your oil?

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    1. I only made a small amount. The little I had left over I used for salad. Try drizzling it over a soft cheese. I had it like that in Turkey and it was really delicious.

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  16. I really like this idea! So much easier than finding, or making, pistachio oil.

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    1. It's the simple living thing... I'm all about making it easy.

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  17. It looks GREAT !!
    I love avocado, but actually never tried it with pistachio. I'm sure I'm gonna love it.
    I'll definitely try this easy recipe :)

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    1. I really thought you would like this recipe and you probably get the best avocados and pistachios too.

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  18. Oh my goodness- this looks SO good! I am obsessed with avocados and am always looking for new snacks! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Then watch out a few people in my cooking group planned on sharing it with family and at the whole thing.. It has an addictive taste, enjoy.

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  19. I really like this recipe! So simple, yet full of flavor. I just love avocado and this will be on the menu soon!

    Thanks for sharing this at the In and Out of the Kitchen link party.

    Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.com

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    1. This works really well for a party too. It is easy to put together yet it makes a really nice presentation.

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  20. This looks so great! I love Avocado!

    Found you at In and Out of the Kitchen Party ;)

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    1. It is really easy to make. I hope you get a chance to make it . Thanks so much Heather for stopping by.

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  21. Diane, we love everything made with avocado ~ looks yummy!

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    Have a wonderful week~
    Sharon and Denise!

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    1. I'm definitely finding more lover's than haters. Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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  22. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. Hope you will join us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

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  23. Your idea of sprinkling oil and pistachio nuts sounds great. The texture would be wonderful!

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    1. Thanks I hope you get to try it soon.

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  24. Sounds delish! I've been loving me some avocado lately - I may need to try this out!! Saw you at BeBetsy :)
    Blessings,
    Nicole
    http://coleyscraftingcorner.blogspot.com/2013/05/basement-bathroom-floor-makeover.html

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you get to try it. It is really simple to make, but additive to eat.

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  25. Yum! My husband is an avocado and pistachio fanatic. I think I may have just found our Father's Day appetizer...

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    1. That is really wonderful to hear. Let me know how it goes over.

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  26. How simple and tasty! We are huge avocado fans and will have to try this!Thanks for sharing and stopping in last week at my Menu Plan Monday! Have a super weekend, Susie

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  28. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a fabulous week and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you so much Miz Helen, it is an honor knowing all the wonderful recipes you get at your parties.

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