Disclosure: 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.
Super Bowl Sunday is here! Go Bills! Oh, wait. Hey, a girl can dream…
This month, the folks over at the Pistachio Health Institute challenged us Recipe Reduxers to come up with unique food and drink pairings for in-shell pistachios. I love in-shell pistachios because they’re salty and crunchy to satisfy any snack craving. Plus, a one-ounce serving equals (drum roll, please) approximately 49 nuts, which is more nuts per serving than any other snack nut, and a reduced serving of about 30 pistachios is just about 100 calories. In-shell pistachios are also surprisingly versatile and can be paired with sweet or savory, indulgent or heart-healthy.
My food pairing was inspired by the big game day.
All three snacks give just the right amount of crunch that you want with a game-day snack but each imparts something special. With the sriracha popcorn you get a little heat, the salt & vinegar kale chips give you a little acidity – that burns so good taste on your tongue, and the pistachios – rich and nutty. The craft hard cider is sweet so it balances out the saltiness nicely.