American Pistachio-Cheese Wafers

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Yield: 
Approximately 2-1/2 dozen.
Ingredients: 

1 cup Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
3 tablespoons Butter or margarine, softened
1/8 teaspoon Hot pepper sauce
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 teaspoon Each baking powder and paprika
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Chopped American pistachios, divided

Instructions: 

Beat together cheese, butter, and hot pepper sauce. Combine flour, baking powder, paprika, and salt. Add to cheese mixture with 2 tablespoons pistachios; mix until well blended. Shape into a log about 7 inches long; roll in remaining pistachios, pressing into dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into 1/4-inch slices. Bake at 400°F. about 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

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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!