Beef And Pistachio Asparagus Spears


3-4 pounds Beef tenderloin
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 clove Garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon, Pepper, divided
1 teaspoon Salt, divided
Oil, as needed
50 Asparagus spears, 3" long
2 cups (1 pound) Ricotta cheese
1-1/4 cups Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios
1/2 teaspoons Rosemary, fresh, minced
50 Chives, or thin shoots of green onion,


Rub tenderloin with Worcestershire sauce, garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 Tbsp. pepper. Marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Brown beef on all sides in hot oil. Roast at 400°F. to 135°F. internal temperature. Cool beef to room temperature, then refrigerate to chill. Slice thinly. Blanch asparagus spears in boiling salted water. Plunge into ice water to cool. Drain and pat dry. Stir ricotta; blend in pistachios, rosemary, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Adjust flavors to taste. Spread 1 to 2 teaspoons filling over each slice of beef; top with asparagus spear and roll, leaving tip and base exposed. Tie up each roll with a chive or green onion shoot.
The Beef and Pistachio Asparagus Spears recipe was developed by Chef Greg Vartanian, Vintage Press Restaurante, Visalia, California for placement in the leading foodservice publication, RESTAURANT HOSPITALITY.

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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!