American Pistachio-apricot Stuffing

Rating: 
Yield: 
about 1 ½ quarts stuffing.
Ingredients: 

¼ cup Butter or margarine
1 cup Water
¾ cup Apricot nectar
1 package (7 ounces) herb seasoned stuffing mix
1 cup Natural American pistachios
1 cup Chopped onion
½ cup Dried apricots, cut up
½ cup Chopped dates
1 (12 – 14 pound) turkey

Instructions: 

Combine butter, water and apricot nectar in saucepan or microwave-safe bowl. Cook conventionally or in microwave oven until butter is melted. Stir in stuffing mix until well moistened. Mix in remaining ingredients. Stuff, truss and roast turkey at 325 degrees F., for 3 to 4 hours or until internal temperature registers 180 º F. in meatiest area. If preferred, turn stuffing into casserole dish and bake covered at 325 or 350 º F., for 1 hour or until hot and moist.
*Roasted Pistachios: Pistachios can be quickly roasted in the microwave oven. Just place ½ cup pistachio nutmeats onto paper plate and place in the microwave. Cook on High 1½ to 2½ minutes. Stir pistachios once during cooking. Remove from microwave and let stand a few minutes before using.

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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!