Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pistachio Pairing Contest {ReDux}

This is my first entry into a Recipe Redux contest! As a Canadian member of the monthly recipe challenge, I am not always able to compete in American contests. I think it's a great one to wet my feet, because it's pairings. Having recently been to Napa and Sonoma in California, I am intrigued by pairings and I am very interested in mindfulness, which plays right into the idea of savouring flavours and enjoying how different foods and beverages compliment each other.

Please note: I received free pistachio samples from the Pistachio Health Institute mentioned in this post. By posting this pairing I am entering a contest sponsored by Pistachio Health Institute and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I love nuts and they are a great little snack (or a bit of crunch) to get you through a busy day.  In-shell pistachios are a great one for mindfulness because you have evidence (the shell) of how many you've consumed. The Pistachio Health Institute also notes that pistachios have more nuts per serving than any other nut snack (1 oz = 49 nuts! or about 30 for 100 calories).

I'm hoping to submit multiple entries since I have lots of ideas, but this contest only runs until Sunday! For my first pairing, I created a sweet, salty, crunchy, refreshing, and indulgent pairing the Asian Inspired CranBacon Cheese Ball and Crackers.

In-shell pistachios + CranBacon Cheese Ball + rice crackers + iced green tea

To make this pairing, combine 100g of chevre (goat cheese) with about 3 Tbsp of bacon bits (save a strip or two from your Sunday bacon and eggs and chop finely) and 3 Tbsp of chopped dried cranberries. Form into 6 small balls with your hands.  Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.  

To make the tea, add 3 cups of boiled water (let it sit a few minutes after boiling) to 2 green tea bags in a pitcher.  Steep for about 4 minutes, remove the teabags and add 3-4 cups of cold water.  Refrigerate or add ice cubes to get desired coolness.  

To serve, plate about 10 in-shell pistachios with 3-4 plain rice crackers, 1 cheese ball, and a glass of iced green tea, enjoy! 

Steph Langdon, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching