American Pistachio Roll-ups

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1/2 cup Finely chopped, shelled natural American
1/2 cup each Grated Cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese
2 sheets Frozen puff pastry dough, thawed*
1/2 cup Melted butter


Combine pistachios and cheeses. Place 1 sheet puff pastry on flat surface. Brush with melted butter; cut in half. Sprinkle pistachio mixture on each half leaving 1-strip along one lengthwise edge. Roll jelly-roll style, from lengthwise edge with pistachio mixture. Roll tightly; seal edge. Cut into 1-inch pieces; place cut-side up on ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with second sheet puff pastry. Lightly brush tops with butter. Bake at 425o F. 12 to 15 minutes or until puffy and lightly browned.

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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!