You just might have time to run out to the grocery store & pick up what’s needed to whip out this super easy appetizer. It’s simple to pull together yet slightly indulgent & definitely festive. Green pistachios and Red dried cranberries look darned right Christmas-y together, along with that sweet & salty flavor combo I love so well.
Read through to the end because I have bonus info & ideas for variations on a theme.
Can I just say that I find cranberries to be such an interesting fruit. How cool is this?…
Simply chop up some shelled pistachios and dried cranberries. Rough chop them. It’s prettier when you see big chunks of color. Then roll a log of goat cheese into it until covered all around (pressing it all in so it stays on). That’s it. Place it on a platter & surround with some crackers. Step outside your door and give your bush a little trim – snip a piece of fresh greenery to lay on the plate. They’ll think you’re getting fancy.
Or here’s an easier option. Skip the cheese & simply mix shelled pistachios and dried cranberries in a bowl. That’s it. Done.
Or combine them in a jar & give it as a hostess gift.
I love that shelled pistachios are readily available…usually in the produce section of the grocery store now. Here’s the “Wonderful” brand I see most often:
There are many other ways to use this flavor combination. Here’s a quick run through of ideas to get you thinking:
Or switch on over to savory and add the combination to roasted vegetables such as winter squash or brussel sprouts or just sauteed green beans.
Look for all the pomegranate products in the Produce Section (like the Pom juice we keep on hand for emergency Pomegranate Martinis). I’m lovin’ how the seeds are available ready-to-eat in a cup. Now THAT was a great idea. Talk about making it easy for me to fling them hither & yon.
Here are a couple last ideas…
Take a look at that salad. It’s simply arugula with pistachios, pomegranate seeds & crumbled feta or goat cheese. Nothing to cut and chop there!
At this time of year, having a couple of key ingredients on hand can raise the basic into something festive. Easily. And that’s what we like right about now – No?