Pistachio Pastry Bites

24 pieces.

12 ounces Uncooked ground turkey
1 cup Chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup Chopped onion
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
1/3 cup Chopped American pistachios
1/2 teaspoon Oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon each Salt and pepper
1 package Frozen puff pastry, thawed
Egg yolk
1 tablespoon Water


Sauté turkey, mushrooms and onion in oil until turkey is cooked and onion tender; break turkey into small pieces. Add pistachios, oregano, salt and pepper; mix well. Roll each sheet of pastry to 16 x 12-inches; cut into 12 squares (4 x 4-inches each). Place about 1 rounded tablespoon filling on one side of pastry square; moisten edges with water. Fold in half to enclose filling; press firmly with fork to seal. Place on baking sheet. Beat egg yolk and water together; brush over pastries. Bake at 400˚F. 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Serve hot.

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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!