Lamb Chop in Pistachio Crust with Artichokes by Chef Omar Allievi

4/6 servings

18/20 Lamb chops
Lemon or Lemon juice
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Pecorino cheese, grated
3 1/2 ounces White bread
1 1/2 cup Pistachios, shelled, natural whole
10 Large mint leaves, chopped
4 Artichokes


Clean artichokes and arrange in a bowl with water acidulated with lemon to prevent browning. Cut into thin slices and pan fry with a little oil, a few pistachios and an unpeeled clove of garlic.
Blend white bread with pecorino cheese, pistachios and mint leaves into a smooth mixture. Coat lamb chops in a little flour, dip in beaten egg and then in bread mixture. Fry chops, dry on kitchen paper and keep warm.
To complete, arrange a layer of fried artichokes on the bottom of serving plates and a lamb chop on top.

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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!