Brie Tartlets With Pistachio Praline Topping

Approximately 24 (2 inch) tarts.

Pastry for 2 crust (9-inch) pie
2 tablespoons Natural American pistachios, finely chopped
1 ½ cups Packed dark brown sugar
¼ cup Butter or margarine
3 tablespoons Corn syrup
1 tablespoon Water
2/3 cup Coarsely chopped American pistachios
6 ounces Brie cheese


Sprinkle rolled pastry with finely chopped pistachios and press into pastry. Cut and press pastry into 2-inch tart pans. Bake at 375° F. 10 to 12 minutes or until golden. Cool; set aside. Combine sugar, butter, corn syrup and water in saucepan; heat to boiling. Stir in coarsely chopped pistachios. Cool slightly. Cut cheese into ¾ inch squares ¼ inch thick. Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons pistachio mixture into bottom of each tart. Arrange cheese on top of pistachio mixture.

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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!