Pumpkin Pie With Pistachio Praline Sauce

8 servings.

1 cup Packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1 cup Cold water
½ cup Chopped natural American pistachios
2 tablespoons Butter or margarine
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Favorite pumpkin pie or recipe below
Chopped American pistachios for garnish

Pumpkin Pie:
2 Eggs
1 3/4 cups Pumpkin, cooked or canned
3/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoons Salt
1/4 teaspoon cloves


Pumpkin Pie: Beat 2 eggs. Add 1 ¾ cups cooked or canned pumpkin, ¾ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and salt and ¼ teaspoon cloves; mix thoroughly. Blend in 1 ½ cups milk. Pour into unbaked 9 inch pie shell. Bake at 425° F. 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350° F. and continue baking 45 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.

Combine brown sugar and cornstarch; add water. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Stir in butter and vanilla. Add pistachios just before serving; mix well. Serve warm or cool over Pumpkin Pie. Top with a dollop of whipped cream; garnish with additional chopped pistachios.

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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!