American Pistachio Chocolate Mousse

6 servings.

1 package Semi-sweet chocolate morsels
6 tablespoons Unsalted butter or margarine
2 Egg whites, stiffly beaten
1 cup Heavy cream
2 tablespoons Rum (optional)
3/4 cup Shelled, roasted/salted American pistachios, chopped
Sweetened whipped cream (optional)


Melt chocolate and butter together over low heat; cool. Fold egg whites into chocolate mixture. Whip cream with rum until mixture thickens slightly (to consistency of sour cream). Gradually fold whipped cream and rum into chocolate mixture. Fold in 1/2 cup pistachios. Spoon into serving dishes. Top with dollop of sweetened whipped cream and sprinkle with remaining pistachios. Chill 2 hours.

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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!