[Disclosure: The Pistachio Health Institute compensated me as co-owner of The Recipe ReDux to manage this recipe contest. I am therefore not eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.
Opinions expressed are my own.]
How do you top 80+ pistachio pairings?
It's almost like dining at a never ending buffet of the best appetizers you've ever tasted, and then needing to eat more. I'm not sure that you can.
But there's always room for dessert, right? And especially a small tasty indulgent dessert of the less-than-super-sweet variety.
That's what my contribution to this week's Pistachio Pairing Contest with The Recipe ReDux is. A dessert cheese board of sorts. Sweetened with dried apricots, dates and sparkling moscato the pairing is balanced by the salty/savory of the cheese and pistachios. Bleu cheese and dates are a classic pairing for me, but bringing in the crunch and earthiness of the in-shell pistachios and the milder creaminess of the fresh mozzarella makes this entire pairing end-of-the-meal worthy.
Of course, if you can't wait til that part of the meal, there are enough recipes from fellow ReDux members below below to get you through nearly 3 months worth of new pairings EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Think about that -- a new pistachio pairing every day. And lest that much "nut eating" worry your waistline, fear not. In-shell pistachios are in fact the skinniest of all nuts available with a whooping 49 nuts per ounce (um, honestly... can we just agree to 50 and call it a day?)
Not only are in-shell pistachios more plentiful per ounce, the act of crackin' and snackin' has been shown to actually reduce the number of calories people consumed while snacking from nuts by about 40%. (Hint: leaving all those shells to "see" what you've eaten really does help your brain say "hey... maybe we've had enough!)
So break open a bag, slice the cheese, grab the fruit and pour the bubbly. Dessert is served.