Thin and Light Pistachio Cheese Latkes

About 2 1/4 cups.

1 container Ricotta cheese
4 Eggs
1/2 cup Flour
2 tablespoons Melted butter or margarine
1/3 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Whole shelled, natural American pistachios
Vegetable oil for frying
Raspberry Sauce (recipe follows)
1/4 cup Chopped pistachios for topping


Combine ricotta, eggs, flour, melted butter and sugar in food processor. Process until smooth. Add 1/2 cup pistachios and process stop-and-go fashion until finely chopped but not ground. Heat oiled large skillet or griddle over medium heat (it shouldn't be too hot). spoon 1 tablespoon measures of batter onto pan and gently cook over medium-low heat until they are a little puffy, look slightly set and lose their shine. Turn over and cook other side until light golden on bottom. Oil skillet again and continue with remaining batter until all are cooked. Keep warm, loosely covered with foil in lukewarm oven until all are done. Serve with warm raspberry sauce and sprinkling of chopped pistachios on top. If desired, sift powdered sugar over all.
Raspberry Sauce: Turn two (10 ounce size) containers undrained thawed frozen raspberries (in syrup) into food processor or electric blender and puree. Blend 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 1/4 cup puree, then mix with remaining puree in saucepan, stirring often over medium-high heat until sauce comes to boil and is thickened. Simmer briefly to cook starch. Keep warm.

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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!