Lowcountry Shrimp Tostada with Mango Pistachio Salsa By: Chef Ben Berryhill


2 pounds Fresh Shrimp, remove shells and veins
2 tablespoons BBQ spice
1/2 stick Butter, melted

Mango Pistachio Salsa:

1 cup Mango, peel, remove seed and small to medium dice
1/4 cup Whole Roasted Pistachios, lightly crushed
1 each Serrano Chile, minced
3 tablespoons Red Bell Pepper, remove seeds, ribs and finely diced
2 tablespoons Basil Leaves, Chopped (I used purple basil)
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 each Baby Romaine, remove and discard outer leaves, chop hearts
1/2 each Lime, juice
Salt, to taste
2 tablespoons Cotija, grated


Lay shrimp flat on cutting board and line up backs to bellies and run a skewer thru the center, there should be 8-12 shrimp on each skewer. Season with BBQ spice and baste with melted butter. Cook over hot coals until done. Re-baste with melted butter.

For the Mango Pistachio Salsa:
Combine all ingredients and toss together. Place on top of fried round corn tortilla chips. Garnish with Cotija.

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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!