Pistachio Baklava Petal Cups

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Yield: 
12 servings.
Ingredients: 

1 cup Natural American pistachios, chopped
3 tablespoons Sugar
¼ teaspoon each Ground cinnamon and cloves
Fillo pastry sheets
¼ cup Butter or margarine, melted
Lemon Honey Syrup

Lemon Honey Syrup: Combine ½ cup water, ¼ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; keep at room temperature.

Instructions: 

Combine pistachios, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Set aside. Unroll fillo sheets and place between waxed paper and under damp tea towel to prevent drying. Remove 3 sheets, place on another tea towel and brush with melted butter. Cover with three more sheets; brush with butter. Cut fillo into 12 (4 inch) squares. Press each square into muffin cups over pistachio mixture, placing points of fillo squares between points of bottom layers. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons pistachio mixture over fillo into each muffin cup. Make 2 to 3 small slashes through all fillo thicknesses in each muffin cup. Bake at 300° F. 20 to 25 minutes or until light brown. Remove from oven; immediately spoon warm Lemon Honey Syrup over each Baklava Petal Cup.

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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!