Pistachio Quesadillas

32 wedges.

8 Flour tortillas (8 or 9 inches across)
2 cups Grated Monterey jack cheese, firmly packed
3/4 cup Chopped natural American pistachios
1/4 cup Snipped fresh or bottled freeze-dried chives
Vegetable oil


Sprinkle four tortillas evenly with cheese. Sprinkle with the pistachios and chives. Top with remaining tortillas. Heat a thin layer of oil in skillet over medium heat until hot. Fry tortilla stack until golden, press down with metal spatula to "glue" stack together then turn and fry other side until golden. Keep warm and repeat with others. Cut each round into 8 wedges and serve at once while hot.

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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!