Saturday, February 11, 2012

Salted Chocolate Pistachio Bites

It just so happens that one of my favorites nuts are green. When I was a kid I thought that all pistachio nuts were red. Who in the world was the brianiac who thought we should only eat them dyed red? Kids used to love to have red fingertips after eating them. As an adult I think why dye? So now we pretty much see the pistachio all natural. YEAH!!! There is something special about that salty and sweet flavor that brings back my childhood memories for eating chocolate covered pretzels. It was love at first bite. So try my version of chocolate covered pistachios with a sprinkle of salt on top. May it be love at first bite for you.

Do your self a favor and buy the pistachios already peeled. Unless you are into pain, because after a while it feels like your ripping your fingernails off opening them. My pain management tip for the day. :)

Salted Chocolate Pistachio Bites
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli bittersweet baking chips, 60% cocoa
  • 1 ½ cups shelled Pistachios, roasted and salted
  • Fleur de Sel salt or sea salt

Melt chocolate over a double boiler on low until melted, then mix well with a wire whisk to make sure all chips have melted down. Stir in pistachios and mix until nuts are completely coated. Remove from heat and you may drop dollops (about 1 heaping Tbsp.) on to a wax paper topped cookie sheet. Or you may drop into little mini muffin liners. Sprinkle a pinch of salt on top of each chocolate drop before it hardens. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until chocolate is completely set. This makes about 20 bites.

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