Puff pastry sticks with Emmental cheese, pistachios and bacon by Omar Allievi

Rating: 
Yield: 
4/6 servings
Ingredients: 

14 ounces Puff pastry, ready to use
2 cups Pistachios, natural chopped
3 ½ cups Smoked bacon, chopped
3 ½ cups Emmental or Swiss cheese, chopped
1 Egg

Instructions: 

Roll pastry to a thickness of 1/8 in. Brush with egg and sprinkle bacon, Emmental or Swiss cheese and chopped pistachios on top to form a thin, even layer. Press gently to make sure ingredients stick to pastry.
Fold pastry in half with the help of a rolling pin and press so that the two sides stick together. Use a pastry cutter to cut ½ inch wide strips.
Hold each strip with left hand and twist 5 times with right to form a sort of corkscrew.
Before baking, press points where pastry is twisted for greater solidity.
Bake in 325° F oven for ten or so minutes.

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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!