Pistachiomolé By: Chef Robert Del Grande

Rating: 
Yield: 
1 pound
Ingredients: 

2 cups Pistachio nuts
2 Ripe avocados
¼ White onion: finely diced
1 Serrano chile: stemmed, seeded & minced
½ cup Cilantro sprigs
2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon Coarse salt
¼ teaspoon Black pepper

Garnishes:
¼ cup Pistachio nuts: crushed or finely chopped
Cilantro sprigs
Lime wedges
Tortilla chips

Instructions: 

Lightly toast the pistachio nuts. Finely chop or process in a food processor.

Seed and peel the avocado. Dice the avocado.

Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. With a spoon, stir the mixture while lightly mashing the avocado. Do not over process – the mixture should have a slightly coarse texture.

Transfer the PistachiomoléTM to a serving dish. Sprinkle the surface with the crushed Pistachios. Garnish with the cilantro sprigs and lime wedges. Serve with tortilla chips.

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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!