Pistachio Focaccia

Rating: 
Yield: 
1 loaf.
Ingredients: 

1 package Active dry yeast
1 cup Warm water
2 tablespoons Honey
5 tablespoons Olive oil
2 1/2 - 3 cups All-purpose flour
2 tablespoons Minced rosemary, basil or summer savory
1 cup Natural American pistachios
3 tablespoons Grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions: 

Sprinkle yeast over warm water and honey in large bowl of electric mixer; stir and let stand 5 minutes. Mix in 3 tablespoons olive oil and 2 1/2 cups flour. Beat 5 minutes at medium speed until dough is elastic; add in herbs and pistachios. Turn out onto floured surface. Knead until smooth, about 10 minutes, adding just enough flour to prevent stickiness. Cover and let rest about 30 to 40 minutes in warm place until doubled. Punch down gently and pat into greased 10 x 15-inch baking pan. Make depressions with thumb every 1 1/2 inches. Brush with olive oil (2 tablespoons) and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Let stand until puffy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Bake at 400° F., 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Cut into strips and serve warm.

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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!