World Cup Viewing: Small Nut, Big Party

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

Game-Winning Pistachio Pairings for World Cup Parties

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Going nuts for the 2014 FIFA World Cup starting June 12? As you start planning your menu for the most highly anticipated tournament of the year, score a game-winning goal with pistachios. The World Cup only happens once every four years so keep viewing enthusiasm up by serving a spread of world-class snacks that are great tasting, versatile and healthy. Pistachios, the small but mighty nut, add delicious flavor and a one-of-a-kind crunch that will give your World Cup viewing parties a special kick no other snack can.

Below are four pistachio pairings to help you fully enjoy your World Cup snacking.

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In-shell pistachios + kale chips + hot sauce popcorn + favorite beer

Healthy never tasted so great with this pistachio pairing. From kale chips to spicy popcorn and your favorite beer, the salty pistachios truly heighten the flavors for each snack item in the list.

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In-shell pistachios + olive, feta and tomato skewers + sangria

Sizzling with flavor, this Mediterranean-inspired snack will impress your guests from its beautiful presentation to its perfect assortment of texture.

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In-shell pistachios + dark chocolate + orange slices + cheese fondue + pretzels + wine

Indulge guilt-free with a pairing that satisfies any craving from sweet, salty and savory. Serve with your favorite wine to fully balance out the contrasting flavors.

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In-shell pistachios + gingered pumpkin wedges + honey drizzled pear + margarita

Fruity, salty and fun–this pistachio pairing is a refreshing delight perfect for any party. To make gingered pumpkin wedges, soak thin slices of pumpkin in a large bowl of cold water and some sea salt for 45 minutes. Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of minced ginger, and drizzle mixture over patted dry pumpkin slices. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F, remove and flip, then bake for another 15 minutes.