Cabbage Rolls With Duck-pistachio Stuffing

4 servings.

8 Large savoy cabbage leaves
¾ pound Boneless, skinless chicken or duck
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
2 Slices bacon, diced
½ cup Diced onion or shallot
¾ cup Cooked rice
¾ cups Shelled American Pistachios, chopped
½ cup Light sour cream
½ teaspoon Tarragon
2 tablespoons Butter or olive oil
¾ cup Chicken broth


Drop cabbage leaves into boiling water and let cook 2 minutes. Plunge into cold water then drip dry. For stuffing, season duck with salt and pepper, then sauté in oil in skillet over medium-high heat for 7 minutes. Turn duck, and sauté 6 minutes longer or until done. Slice duck then cut half the slices into strips. Sauté bacon and onion in oil in skillet. Add rice, pistachios, sour cream and tarragon. Portion stuffing onto cabbage leaves; add duck strips to each. Fold in ends and tightly roll leaves around, fastening with picks. Sauté rolls gently in butter in skillet for 2 minutes. Add broth, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Uncover and cook to reduce and thicken liquids in pan. Add remaining duck slices to pan and heat through. Serve rolls and duck slices with additional hot cooked rice, if desired.

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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!