American Pistachio Crostini

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Yield: 
Approximately 3 dozen pieces.
Ingredients: 

1 loaf Sweet French bread (baguette size)
½ cup Roasted/salted American pistachios, chopped
1 tablespoon Minced parsley
Add toppings (Recipes below)

Mediterranean Topping:
1 cup Bottled roasted red peppers, drained; or diced canned pimientos
4 ounces (1 cup) Parmesan cheese, sliced thin and crumbled
1 - 2 tablespoons Garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Dried rosemary, crumbled
¼ cup Olive oil

Chop peppers; mix with remaining ingredients.

Savory Cheese Topping:
8 ounces Cream cheese, softened
8 ounces Goat cheese
1 - 2 tablespoons Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon each Dried basil and thyme

Combine all ingredients and beat well.

Instructions: 

Cut baguette into ½-inch slices. Spoon topping on bread, then top with pistachios. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 400° F. for 10 minutes or until heated through; sprinkle with parsley.

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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!