Shao-mai Pistachio Dumplings

Rating: 
Yield: 
70 to 75 dumplings.
Ingredients: 

2 pounds Ground pork
1 1/2 cups Chopped, natural American pistachios
3/4 cup Diced, pared jicama
2 tablespoons Minced ginger root
1/2 cup Chopped green onion
1 1/2 teaspoons Minced garlic
1/4 cup Soy sauce
2 tablespoons Dry sherry
1 1/2 teaspoons Sesame oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Salt
70 to 75 Gyoza (3 1/4-inch round wonton wraps), Shao-mai skins or square wonton wraps, cut into rounds

Instructions: 

Mix pork with pistachios, jicama, ginger, onion, garlic, soy sauce, sherry, sesame oil, pepper and salt. Portion a heaping tablespoon into center of each round wonton wrap and pull up sides, pleating them like a cup around the filling, open at the top. When properly filled, the filling should bulge a bit above the wraps. If necessary, dampen wraps with water to make them stick. Place in steamer or on rack over boiling water in large kettle, leaving room in between for circulation. Do a portion at a time if necessary. Steam for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked in center. Garnish top with fine strips of green onion, if desired.

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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!