Meatballs with Goat Cheese Cream

4 Servings

1 small onion, finely chopped
¾ cup American pistachios, shelled and chopped coarsely
¾ lb. minced beef
1 egg
1 tsp medium hot mustard
Salt, freshly pepper (ground)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 clove of garlic, crushed
¼ lb. goat cheese log
½ cup sour cream
Some chopped mint leaves


Combine the egg and mustard. Mix the minced beef with onion, half of the American pistachios, egg and mustard mix; season with salt and pepper and form the dough into 16 small balls. Fry the meatballs in hot oil about 8-10 minutes.

Cut goat cheese into small pieces; mix it with sour cream, mint, garlic and remaining American pistachios and season with salt and pepper.

Serve cream cheese with meatballs and vegetables and grissini, as desired, on a plate.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

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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!