In-shell pistachios are awesome because they’re so versatile. Seriously, they’re macho enough to hang for game day and sexy enough to keep you company on Valentine’s Day. Plus, you get 49 nuts in one serving! Now, that’s what I call a deal. This month, the Pistachio Health Institute challenged us to create unique food + drink pairings for in-shell pistachios and in case you missed my game-day snack pairing, check it out here.
With love in the air and Valentine’s Day creeping up quickly, I decided to use romanticism for inspiration for this particular pairing.
Valentine’s Day Romantic Pistachio Pairing: in-shell pistachios + dark chocolate covered mandarins + moscato
This pairing is super easy. I simply dipped peeled mandarins into melted dark chocolate and sprinkled with a few crushed pistachios. The mandarins + dark chocolate are sweet and tart while the in-shell pistachios are salty for that sweet + salty combo that we all crave.
The drink I used was Oddero’s 2012 Moscato D’Asti because frankly everyone deserves a little bubbly on V-Day. That, and its peach notes really brighten the citrus flavor of the mandarins.
I love mandarins because they are made in the U.S. (compared to Spanish clementines) and unlike clementines that can get dried out easily, mandarins are extra juicy and easier to peel (bonus points!).