American Pistachio Pinwheels

40 pinwheels.

1 package (16 ounce) Hot roll mix
2 cups Grated Swiss or Cheddar cheese
2/3 cup Chopped natural American pistachios
¼ cup Chopped green onions
1 teaspoon Oregano, crumbled
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Water


Prepare hot roll mix according to package directions. Turn onto lightly floured board; divide dough in half. Roll each half to 15 x 12inch rectangle. Cut into 20 (3-inch) squares; place onto greased baking sheets. Combine cheese, pistachios, green onions and oregano; mix thoroughly. Place about 1 teaspoon in center of each square. Slash each square diagonally from corners to about one inch from center. Fold every other corner over filling to center of square and pinch to seal. Cover; let rise 15 minutes. Combine egg and water; mix thoroughly. Brush on rolls. Bake at 400° F. 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.

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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!