Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Get Crackin' this Fall with Wonderful Pistachios!

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As summer comes to an end and we spend more time inside, it’s easy to fall in a food rut with busy school schedules and long work days. Wonderful Pistachios has you covered with new savory and sweet recipes to add to your fall menu that are delicious and guaranteed to make healthy entertaining simple even on the busiest days.

In-shell pistachios always make a great snack with about 160 calories for 49 pistachios. Did you know that Wonderful Pistachios now offers a shelled option that makes cooking with the savory snack nut a breeze? Wonderful Pistachios Roasted & Salted shelled variety (no shells) add a savory crunch to salads, entrees, and desserts that’ll keep your friends and family feeling satisfied (and you won’t spend all of your time prepping in the kitchen since we’ve already taken care of crackin’ the shells!).

Here are two new recipes from the folks at Wonderful Pistachios for fall entertaining that are perfect if you’re whipping up something for the family to enjoy or hosting a weekend soirée with friends to catch-up after summer vacation:

Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Wings elevates your traditional wings recipe with rich and crunchy pistachios used as a crusted coating on the chicken. These chicken wings are easy to prepare, and they’re so flavorful you won’t even want a messy dip or sauce to pair it with.

 Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Wings
Prep: 20 minutes  |  Time to Table: 2 hours or overnight|  Serves 4

2 cups Wonderful Pistachios No Salt, shelled
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon pink peppercorn
2 teaspoons sea salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
12 chicken wings

1.Combine the fennel seeds, cumin seeds, pink peppercorn, sea salt, pepper, sesame seeds, and garlic in a mortar and crush with a pestle under well combined. 
2.Transfer spice mixture to a small bowl and mix in the vinegar and olive oil. 
3.Rub marinade over all chicken wings and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight.
4.Heat oven to 500°F. Cover a 11x17 baking sheet with parchment paper. 
5.Place pistachios in a food processor and blend until a coarse mixture forms. 
6.Individually place each chicken wing in the pistachios and coat thoroughly. 
7.Transfer wings to the prepared baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes until pistachios are golden brown.

Strawberry Pistachio Cream Tart is the ultimate sweet and savory dessert that your guests will never guess is healthy. This family-style tart combines the perfect crunch of pistachios and sweet creamy flavors that you can prepare ahead of time so you spend more time with your guests instead of your kitchen.

Strawberry Pistachio Cream Tart
Prep: 30minutes  |  Time to Table: 45minutes  |  Serves 8

½ cup unsalted Wonderful Pistachios, shelled
1 cup unbleached flour
½ teaspoonsalt
⅓ cup shortening
2-4 tablespoons ice water
5 large egg yolks, room temperature
¾ cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 ½ cups scalded whole milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon heavy cream
½ teaspoon orange zest
¼ teaspoon lemon zest
⅛ teaspoon fine salt
4 cups strawberries,sliced

1.In medium bowl, mix flour and salt. Using a fork, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 
2.Sprinkle with ice water, one tablespoon at a time, while gently mixing with fork. Continue to add water until dough is just moist enough to form a ball when lightly pressed together. 
3.Shape dough into a long rectangle, ½-inch thick. On a lightly-floured work surface, roll dough lightly from center to edge with a floured rolling pin. Place in tart pan and gently press in bottom and up sides of pan without stretching. Trim pastry edges if necessary. 
4.Prick bottom and side of pastry with fork. Bake at 450°F for 9-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack.
5.With an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and sugar on medium-high for 4 minutes or until very thick. Reduce to low speed and add the cornstarch. With the mixer still on low, slowly pour the hot milk into the egg mixture.

These recipes sound amazing!  We love just snacking on these yummy pistachios:)  With so many great flavors to choose from there is something for everyone and they are all truly "Wonderful" :)

You can find Wonderful Pistachios at grocers and mass merchandisers nationwide.

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