Pork With Toasted Pistachios And Apples

4 servings.

1/3 cup Natural American pistachios
4 Loin pork chops, 1-inch thick
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup Apple juice
2 tablespoons Brandy or water
1 Large garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon Dried thyme
1 Large, tart green apple, cored and sliced thinly


In a large skillet over high heat lightly toast pistachios several minutes to crisp, stirring frequently. Remove and set aside. Season chops well with salt and pepper. Trim a piece of fat from edge of one chop. In same skillet heat fat until lightly browned, rubbing fat over bottom of skillet to grease well. Increase heat to high. Brown chops quickly on both sides. Pour excess fat, if any, from skillet. Add apple juice, brandy, garlic, thyme, and apple slices to pan. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until chops are slightly pink, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove pork and apple slices to a platter. If more than 1/3 cup sauce remains in pan, increase heat and boil to reduce. Stir in pistachios; pour sauce over chops.

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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!