Rye Bread Crouton with Soft Goat Sheese by Chef Omar Allievi

4/6 servings

3 Fresh soft goat’s cheeses
10 ounces Rye bread, sliced
1 ¼ cup Pistachios, toasted whole
5 ounces Onion preserve (ingredients):
- 3 cups Red onions
- 2/3 cup Granulated sugar
- ¼ cup of White wine
- 2 tablespoons Vinegar
- 1 Bay leaf
- 5 Grains pepper (black or white)
- 1 Clove


Prepare preserve by cutting onions into very thin slices and marinating with other ingredients for 12 hours at room temperature. Pour mixture into a pan and cook until liquid has all boiled off.
Cut bread into 1 1/2” squares, dress with oil and salt and toast in oven using grill function.
Dress soft goat’s cheese with oil, salt and pepper and mix well.
Spread a layer of goat’s cheese on croutons and decorate with onion preserve and pistachios.

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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!