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

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Ingredients: 

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
Enchiladas:
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

Instructions: 

Sauce:
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.

Enchiladas:
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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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!