American Pistachio Triangles

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Yield: 
24 servings.
Ingredients: 

8 ounces Cream cheese, softened
2 large Egg yolks
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
¼ cup Finely chopped American pistachios
¼ cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon Finely chopped scallion
1 tablespoon Finely chopped parsley
Phyllo sheets
½ cup Butter, melted

Instructions: 

In a medium bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy; add egg yolks and lemon juice and beat to blend. Stir in pistachios, Parmesan, scallion and parsley; cover and reserve. According to package directions, unroll the phyllo sheets; place 6 between sheets of plastic wrap so they are completely and tightly covered. (The remaining phyllo sheets are not used in this recipe.) Place a length of plastic wrap on a counter; remove 1 phyllo sheet and place on the plastic wrap with long sweeping strokes brush the entire plyllo sheet with butter. Cut into 4 equal lengthwise strips. Place a scant tablespoon of filing on the end of each strip. Beginning at one end, fold phyllo over filling to form a triangle; continue folding (as you would fold a flag) so that you end up with a layered triangle shape. Place seam-side down on a buttered cookie sheet; brush tops with melted butter. Repeat with remaining 3 strips. Treat each of the 5 remaining phyllo sheets the same way. Bake in a preheated 350° oven until golden – 25 to 30 minutes. Serve at once.

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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!