Pistachio Plum Smoked Duck Canapes


1 Breast of smoked duck
2 Fresh California plums, sliced
1/2 pound Phyllo pastry sheets
1/3 cup Olive oil
1 1/2 cups Coarsely chopped, natural American pistachios


Pre-heat oven to 400° F. Slice, at an angle, breast of smoked duck into 25 (1/4-inch thick) slices. Slice plum into 25 pieces; sauté in butter and sugar to caramelize. Layer 3 sheets of phyllo dough, individually brushed with olive oil. Cut in half and then cut to make a total of 6 sheets. Fill ends of strips with a slice of smoked duck and plum; sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Fold each strip into a triangle. Brush each triangle with olive oil. Repeat, using remaining phyllo dough. Bake 10 - 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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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!