Fried Mozzarella In Pistachio Thyme Coating

4 servings.

1 Shallot
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Apple juice
Medium tomatoes
Salt and pepper
½ cup Whole shelled American pistachios
1 tablespoon Fresh thyme leaves
8 ounces Part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 to 2 tablespoons Olive or vegetable oil
Fresh basil


Peel and thinly slice shallot; combine with vinegar and apple juice. Slice tomatoes and gently toss with this dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste. Coarsely grind pistachios and mix thyme leaves. Cut mozzarella into ¼-inch thick slices. Beat egg with a fork on plate. Dip the cheese slices first into egg then pistachio mixture. Heat oil in skillet and fry the cheese slices over medium-heat for 45 to 60 seconds, turning once, or just until nuts are roasted on both sides. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange on plate with marinated tomatoes and garnish with basil.

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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!