Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.
1 cup Natural American pistachios
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Butter or margarine
12 ounces Cream cheese
4 teaspoons Grated orange peel
2 tablespoons Orange juice
2 Kiwifruit, peeled and thinly sliced
2 or 3 Fresh peaches, nectarines or plums (or any combination), sliced
1/4 cup Whole, natural American pistachios
1/3 cup Apricot or peach jam, sieved
Shell: In food processor, combine 1 cup pistachios with all but 2 tablespoons sugar, processing until finely ground. Cut butter into pats and add to mixture, continuing to process until dough forms into clump. Pat gently into 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Chill.
Filling: Beat cream cheeses with orange peel, juice and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until creamy.
Spread filling evenly in bottom of chilled shell. Top with fruit in attractive arrangement. Trim with 1/4 cup whole pistachios. Just before serving, glaze fruit on top with the sieved jam.