The holidays are here and that means holiday parties! Why incorporate pistachios into your holiday recipes? Because they’re not only delicious but they pack a nutrient punch, and offer a versatile flavor profile that works perfectly with sweet and savory dishes. Pistachios are high in antioxidants, which may prevent damage to the body’s cells and reduce cancer risk. They’re also high in protein and fiber, which are good for your gut – and who couldn’t use a little extra healthy boost during the holidays? Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, chefs and co-owners of Spork Foods have come up with 6 Hot Holiday Tips to make your next gathering a hit!
Toss them into your favorite sweet or savory recipe for Chex Mix.
Click HERE for our recipe for Sweet Chocolate Pistachio Chex Mix that incorporate our favorite snack, Pistachio Chewy Bites. Pistachios will add a pop of color and a buttery and unique flavor to this classic party appetizer.
Pair them with dried cranberries.
Pistachios and cranberries are a match made in heaven. Toss this mighty duo into a rice dish, orzo salad, in a green salad, or even in your favorite holiday cookie recipe for a splash of festive color and complex flavor.
Blend them for a smooth and creamy dip that’s easy to make and fun to eat!
All you need is a food processor or high-powered blender. Throw in a handful of pistachios, garlic, salt, lime juice, cilantro and a dash of oil and BOOM you have a creamy and satisfying dip! It’s a great alternative to hummus and your guests will never know how easy it was to whip up.
Serve flavored pistachios in the shell next to your cocktails.
When your guests arrive, that’s usually the time when you need a few extra minutes putting the finishing touches on your meal. While sipping on a refreshing beverage, cracking open pistachios from their shell is a fun activity for kids and adults alike, making this is the perfect snack to entertain your guests – and stave off their hunger until dinner is served.
Pistachios add a special flair to homemade gifts
If you’re looking for a homemade gift idea for your friends and family, try making them from scratch granola and tossing in some shelled pistachios, dried blueberries, and dark chocolate. You can deliver this gift in a mason jar, with a homemade tag and it will be a huge hit. Here’s a recipe for inspiration!
For the next level foodies in your life, make them a batch of home made Dukkah.
This aromatic Egyptian spice blend can top anything from avocado toast to olive oil. It’s made from ground nuts including pistachio and hazelnuts, and all you do is blend the ground nuts with a bit of sesame seeds, coriander, cumin and some hot chili, if you want to kick up the heat. Store it in a small spice container and your friends will tell you it’s the best gift they received over the holidays.