Finishing salts are pretty popular right now, ranging from single-origin salts to smoked salts and flavored salts. Right now I have at least a half dozen varieties of salt stashed around the kitchen, and I do use them for different purposes to create layers of flavor. This is a simple, flavored salt that adds a nutty-sweet flavor to salads, eggs, popcorn, or any other savory dish. It is also delicious sprinkled on dark chocolate bark.
I made a batch of this a few weeks ago and we ate a great deal of it as a popcorn topping (popcorn is sometimes a complete meal in our house), but I have also been using it on roasted vegetables and salads. We had some dead-ripe local tomatoes that were perfect with just a sprinkle of this salt.
I plan to make some of this to put in glass jars for gifts. If you buy pre-shelled pistachios the color will be more brown than green, so if you have the patience to shell your own, it will make a prettier gift product. Either way, it makes a delicious topping, and the flavor from the nuts means you can use less salt.
- 1 cup shelled, dry-roasted and salted pistachios
- 1/4 cup sea salt (fine or coarse)
- In a food processor, pulse the pistachios and salt until the nuts are finely ground. You will have to stop to scrape down the sides once or twice to get a more even texture. Place the salt in an air-tight container for storage. Store at room temperature.