Pistachioritas By: Chef Robert Del Grande

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Ingredients: 

Pistachios Roasted w/ Smoked Chile Tequila & Limes

Ingredients
½ cup Fresh lime juice
½ cup Granulated sugar
4 Large chipotle chiles canned in adobo: approximately 3 oz
2 tablespoons Adobo sauce: from the canned chipotle chiles
6 tablespoons Silver Tequila
½ teaspoon Salt

2 pounds Pistachios nuts in the shell

Lime wedges

Instructions: 

Combine the lime juice, sugar, chipotle, adobo sauce, Tequila and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth.

Place the shell-on pistachios nuts in a mixing bowl. Add the sauce and toss or stir until the sauce is fully incorporated into the nuts.

Transfer the pistachio nuts to a sheet pan. Pre-heat an oven to 350F. Toast the pistachio nuts for 5 to 10 minutes or until the nuts are nicely browned. Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.

To serve, place the pistachio nuts in a serving bowl. Sprinkle the nuts with salt and garnish with lime wedges.

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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!