Baked American Pistachio Oysters

4-6 servings.

1/4 cup Minced shallots or onion
1/2 cup Butter or margarine
1/4 cup Minced parsley
Dash garlic powder
1 cup Fine, dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup Chopped, natural American pistachios
25 Oysters, in shell
Rock salt or regular salt
Lime or lemon wedges


Sauté shallots in butter; remove from heat. Stir in parsley, garlic powder and pepper to taste; add bread crumbs and pistachios. Shuck oysters; reserve bottom shells. Wash, dry and butter inside shells. Place oysters in shells; top with pistachio-crumb mixture. Place layer of rock salt in large baking dish; set shells in salt for support. Bake at 400°F. for 10-12 minutes or until oysters are hot and plump. Garnish with lime wedge.

Variation: Shucked oysters can be substituted. Place oysters in small buttered oven-proof dish. Top with pistachio-crumb mixture. Bake at 400° F. for 10-12 minutes or until oysters are hot and plump.
Whitefish Variation: Top whitefish fillets or steaks with pistachio-crumb mixture. Bake at 350° F. until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork (about 10 minutes for fillets and 20 minutes for steaks).

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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!