Veal Ragout With Pistachio Dumplings

4 servings.

1 medium Onion, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 pound Veal stew meat
2 Carrots, sliced
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) peeled tomatoes in juice, chopped
1 cup Burgundy or marsala wine
1 cup Broth
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Natural American pistachios
1/2 cup Seasoned dry bread crumbs
1 Egg, beaten
3/4 cup Chopped, natural American pistachios
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Milk


Sauté onions and garlic in hot oil until tender. Add veal and brown. Mix in carrots, tomatoes, burgundy, broth and seasoning. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes; add whole pistachios.
For dumplings, mix breadcrumbs, egg, chopped pistachios, cheese and milk. Make small balls with wet hands and drop onto simmering ragout. Cover and simmer 12 minutes or until dumplings are firm.

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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!