American Pistachio Garlic Cheese Bread

12 servings.

1 package (1/4 ounce) Active dry yeast
1 cup Warm water
3 cups Flour, divided
½ teaspoon Salt
4 cloves Garlic, minced
½ cup Coarsely chopped American pistachios
½ cup Grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Minced parsley
½ teaspoon each Rosemary, crushed and cracked pepper


Dissolve yeast in warm water. Combine 2 cups flour, ¼ cup olive oil and salt in mixing bowl. Add dissolved yeast mixture; blend until smooth. Add remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead until smooth and satiny; cover and let rise in warm place about 1 hour or until doubled. Punch down dough; divide in half. Roll each half to 12 x 10 inches. Place on two greased 15-1/4 x 10-1/4 x ¾-inch baking pans; pierce dough with tip of spoon at one-inch intervals over entire surface. Sauté garlic in ¼ cup olive oil until garlic turns golden brown; brush oil over dough. Combine pistachios, cheese, parsley, rosemary and pepper; sprinkle evenly over dough. Let dough rise, uncovered, 10 minutes. Bake at 400° F. 15 to 20 minutes. Break into serving-sized pieces.

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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!