Posts tagged pistachio
strawberry & mixed green salad + bread crumb chicken
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today marks the ten week countdown to this little nugget’s tentative arrival date. it still cracks me up that she is due on a tuesday. although, if she is anything like her mother she will be no doubt be a little bit late.

i’m getting bigger, days are getting warmer, and i’m looking for food that is lighter, but still filling. this salad is one of those great meal salads. all the individual players bring their own, bright early summer vibe to the table, and a bite with everything together is DEVINE.

this bread crumb chicken is delicious on top of this salad, but would be great all on it’s own too. store bought bread crumbs are great, but blending up these seasoned croutons will take it to the next level.

strawberry & mixed green salad + bread crumb chicken

serves: 4

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 10 minutes

total time: 20 minutes

ingredients: 8 cups mixed greens (i used a blend of arugula & romaine hearts for a crunchy, peppery blend). edible flower petals optional. 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced. 1 cup chopped strawberries. .25 cup gorgonzola cheese. .25 cup chopped pistachios. 1 lb chicken tenders (they are perfect because they cook up quick enough that your bread crumb crust wont burn and your chicken will be perfect). .5 cup dijon mustard. .5 cup bread crumbs (either extra croutons blended up or prepared from the grocery store). .5 cup olive oil. .25 cup balsamic vinegar. 1 tbs lemon juice. 1 tbs honey. 1 minced garlic clove. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper.

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start by combining all but two tbs of the olive oil, the vinegar, the lemon juice, 1 tbs of the dijon, the honey, garlic, 1 tsp of the salt and half the pepper.

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whisk everything together to make your vinaigrette and set it aside.

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then season your chicken with the remaining salt and pepper (both sides) and then slather the remaining mustard on the chicken.

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make sure all of it is lightly covered. coat the chicken tenders in the bread crumbs and set aside.

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heat the remaining olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium high heat. when the olive oil is hot (shiny but not smoking) add in the chicken. cook until the breading is golden brown on both sides. about 6 minutes total. flipping just once. set the chicken aside to cool and rest before slicing.

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combine the greens, edible flowers if you are using, celery, strawberries, and gorgonzola together and toss well. sprinkle the pistachios over the top.

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slice the chicken tenders into thin slices so they don’t need to be cut with a fork and place them on top of the salad. drizzle with your vinaigrette.

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serve and enjoy.

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xo, a

strawberry & mixed green salad + bread crumb chicken

serves: 4

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 10 minutes

total time: 20 minutes

ingredients: 8 cups mixed greens (i used a blend of arugula & romaine hearts for a crunchy, peppery blend). edible flower petals optional. 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced. 1 cup chopped strawberries. .25 cup gorgonzola cheese. .25 cup chopped pistachios. 1 lb chicken tenders (they are perfect because they cook up quick enough that your bread crumb crust wont burn and your chicken will be perfect). .5 cup dijon mustard. .5 cup bread crumbs (either extra croutons blended up or prepared from the grocery store). .5 cup olive oil. .25 cup balsamic vinegar. 1 tbs lemon juice. 1 tbs honey. 1 minced garlic clove. 1 tbs kosher salt. 1 tsp freshly ground pepper.

start by combining all but two tbs of the olive oil, the vinegar, the lemon juice, 1 tbs of the dijon, the honey, garlic, 1 tsp of the salt and half the pepper. whisk everything together to make your vinaigrette and set it aside. then season your chicken with the remaining salt and pepper (both sides) and then slather the remaining mustard on the chicken. make sure all of it is lightly covered. coat the chicken tenders in the bread crumbs and set aside. heat the remaining olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium high heat. when the olive oil is hot (shiny but not smoking) add in the chicken. cook until the breading is golden brown on both sides. about 6 minutes total. flipping just once. set the chicken aside to cool and rest before slicing. combine the greens, edible flowers if you are using, celery, strawberries, and gorgonzola together and toss well. sprinkle the pistachios over the top. slice the chicken tenders into thin slices so they don’t need to be cut with a fork and place them on top of the salad. drizzle with your vinaigrette. serve and enjoy.

pistachio sticky buns

pregnancy cravings are real ya’ll.

never before have i had food stick in my mind and loop over and over like i have in the last seven months.

and sometimes, a craving becomes so strong i just have to give in. and in the case of the sticky bun, i gave in HARD. like, i have eaten five buns in twenty-four hours, hard.

now i am not going to lie to you, sticky buns are a labor of love. nothing about making them is particularly challenging, but since this recipe requires time to rise, it is a good one to plan in advance for.

pistachio sticky buns

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 30 minutes

Inactive time: 3-4 hours

bake time: 35-40 minutes

total time: 5 hours

Ingredients: dough - .25 cup warm water (105-115 degrees). 1 packet (.25 oz) package active dry yeast. .25 cup sugar. .75 cup room temperature whole milk. 4 tbs unsalted butter + 1 tbs for greasing the bowl. 3 egg yolks. 1 tbs orange zest. 1.25 tsp salt. 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting.

filling - .5 cup brown sugar. 1 tbs ground cinnamon. 4 tbs unsalted butter. 2 tbs softened cream cheese.

topping - .5 cup brown sugar. 6 tbs unsalted butter. 2 tbs softened cream cheese. 3 tbs honey. 1.5 cup coarsely chopped pistachios. .5 cup heavy cream.

tools - stand mixer + dough hook. 9 x 13 baking dish. rolling pin. sauce pan.

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start by combining the water, 1 tsp sugar and the yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. stir well to agitate the yeast and allow it to sit for five minutes until it foams and bubbles up. if the liquid doesn’t thicken and foam, it was inactive and it will not work. try again with different yeast.

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once the yeast is active, add in the milk, 4 tbs butter, remaining sugar, egg yolks, orange zest, salt and 3 cups of the flour.

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combine on a low speed with a dough hook until the dough begins to come together. about 3-5 minutes.

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slowly add the remaining cup of flour till the dough is smooth and slightly sticky. about 2 minutes. remove the dough for a second as you grease the bowl with the remaining tbs of butter. cover the bowl with a towel and set it in a warm place to rise. let the dough rise till it has doubled in size. 1-2 hours.

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while your dough is rising, make your filling and your topping. to make the filling, combine the ingredients in a medium bowl. stir well till it makes almost a paste. to make the topping, combine the butter, cream cheese, honey, sugar and pistachios in a sauce pan. melt over medium heat, stir well to combine and set it aside.

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when your dough has doubled in size, cover a working surface with some flour and roll the dough out till it is about .25 inch thick.

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spread the filling all over the dough.

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roll the dough up to make one long roll. slice into 12 equal pieces.

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use parchment to cover the baking pan (f you don’t have any, no problem, you can skip this step it just makes more mess). spread the topping mixture onto the parchment and top with the rolls. cover the rolls and allow them to rise until they have puffed up and filled the baking pan, 1-2 hours. now, you can do all this prep in advance and then place the buns in the fridge over night and bake in the morning. or, after the second rise you could go ahead and bake them off. whenever you are ready to bake the buns, preheat the oven to 375 degrees f.

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melt the remaining butter and the cream over low heat, just until butter is melted and the liquids have combined. pour the butter & cream mixture over the top of the buns and bake for 35-40 minutes.

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until bubbly and golden brown.

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to serve, scoop out a bun and flip it over onto a plate. scoop up any ooey gooey topping bits left behind and spoon it on top of the sticky bun. serve warm and enjoy.

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xo, a

pistachio sticky buns

prep time: 10 minutes

active time: 30 minutes

Inactive time: 3-4 hours

bake time: 35-40 minutes

total time: 5 hours

Ingredients: dough - .25 cup warm water (105-115 degrees). 1 packet (.25 oz) package active dry yeast. .25 cup sugar. .75 cup room temperature whole milk. 4 tbs unsalted butter + 1 tbs for greasing the bowl. 3 egg yolks. 1 tbs orange zest. 1.25 tsp salt. 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting.

filling - .5 cup brown sugar. 1 tbs ground cinnamon. 4 tbs unsalted butter. 2 tbs softened cream cheese.

topping - .5 cup brown sugar. 6 tbs unsalted butter. 2 tbs softened cream cheese. 3 tbs honey. 1.5 cup coarsely chopped pistachios. .5 cup heavy cream.

tools - stand mixer + dough hook. 9 x 13 baking dish. rolling pin. sauce pan.

start by combining the water, 1 tsp sugar and the yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. stir well to agitate the yeast and allow it to sit for five minutes until it foams and bubbles up. if the liquid doesn’t thicken and foam, it was inactive and it will not work. try again with different yeast. once the yeast is active, add in the milk, 4 tbs butter, remaining sugar, egg yolks, orange zest, salt and 3 cups of the flour. combine on a low speed with a dough hook until the dough begins to come together. about 3-5 minutes. slowly add the remaining cup of flour till the dough is smooth and slightly sticky. about 2 minutes. remove the dough for a second as you grease the bowl with the remaining tbs of butter. cover the bowl with a towel and set it in a warm place to rise. let the dough rise till it has doubled in size. 1-2 hours. while your dough is rising, make your filling and your topping. to make the filling, combine the ingredients in a medium bowl. stir well till it makes almost a paste. to make the topping, combine the butter, cream cheese, honey, sugar and pistachios in a sauce pan. melt over medium heat, stir well to combine and set it aside. when your dough has doubled in size, cover a working surface with some flour and roll the dough out till it is about .25 inch thick. spread the filling all over the dough. roll the dough up to make one long roll. slice into 12 equal pieces. use parchment to cover the baking pan (f you don’t have any, no problem, you can skip this step it just makes more mess). spread the topping mixture onto the parchment and top with the rolls. cover the rolls and allow them to rise until they have puffed up and filled the baking pan, 1-2 hours. now, you can do all this prep in advance and then place the buns in the fridge over night and bake in the morning. or, after the second rise you could go ahead and bake them off. whenever you are ready to bake the buns, preheat the oven to 375 degrees f. melt the remaining butter and the cream over low heat, just until butter is melted and the liquids have combined. pour the butter & cream mixture over the top of the buns and bake for 35-40 minutes. until bubbly and golden brown. to serve, scoop out a bun and flip it over onto a plate. scoop up any ooey gooey topping bits left behind and spoon it on top of the sticky bun. serve warm and enjoy.