Queso Fundido al Pistachio with Tortillas By: Chef Ben Berryhill

4 servings.

1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Large Tomato, cored, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 Yellow Onion, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 Poblano, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
8 ounces Mexican Melting Cheese (Queso Quesadilla)
1 ounce Cotija Cheese
1/2 cup Cilantro, remove stems and chop
1/2 cup Toasted and salted shelled pistachios


In a large skillet heat olive oil on high heat. Add tomato, onion, chiles and cook until slightly browned. Reduce heat to medium low. Sprinkle cheese over the sauteed vegetables. Stir until just combined and melted. Remove from heat and serve in skillet or in a warm ceramic bowl. Garnish with cilantro and toasted salted pistachios. Serve with warm flour tortillas or crisp tortilla chips.

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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!