Southwestern Pistachio Cream Sauce with Duck, Papaya, and Black Bean Enchiladas


Pistachio Cream Sauce:
2 Roasted jalapeno chilies
2 Roasted serrano chilies
2 Roasted poblano chilies
3 bunches Cilantro, washed
3 cloves Garlic, chopped
6 Finely diced shallots
1 quart Chablis (dry white wine)
4 quarts Heavy cream
2 pounds Lightly roasted, whole American pistachios
8 ounces Roux (4 ounces butter, 4 ounces flour)
8 teaspoons Salt
4 teaspoons Sugar
2 dozen (6-inch) Tortillas
2 pounds Diced smoked duck breast
2 Papayas, skinned, de-seeded and diced
1 cup Cooked black beans
1 tablespoon Finely chopped garlic
2 Tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
2 bunches Scallions, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Jack cheese


Reduce chilies, wine, shallots, cilantro, garlic and salt in a 1 quart saucepan. Add cream and bring back to a boil. Add roux and simmer for 20 minutes. While sauce is simmering, roast pistachios in a 350° F. oven. Add pistachios to sauce, blend, strain through fine china cap. Add sugar. Tastes may vary at this point. Additional salt, sugar or even Tabasco may be added to taste.

Sauté duck and garlic for 1 minute. Add 1/2 of the papaya and 1/2 of the black beans to the pan and toss. Add jack cheese and cook for 1 minute. Take off heat and add salt and pepper. Warm the flour tortillas and fill with 2-3 ounces of filling. Roll up tortilla and place on a plate which is sauced with hot pistachio cream. Garnish with remainder of papaya, black beans, scallions and tomato.

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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!