IT’S NATIONAL PISTACHIO DAY!
Remember Psy? Whatever happened to that guy?
We’re not sure about you, but only one thing comes to mind when we think about pistachios. Not ice cream… not mustaches… but good old Mickey and the Beanstalk. It, along with Bongo, was a shorter-than-feature-length animated film released by Disney in 1947 as a sort of double-feature package thing called Fun and Fancy Free. They did a bunch of those anthologies in the 1940s, such as Make Mine Music, Saludos Amigos, the Three Caballeros… not to mention Fantasia! Sometime in the late 1980s when SP was a lil babe and AK was a work in progress, Mickey and the Beanstalk was a standalone VHS release and we both went on to watch the crap out of it during our respective toddlerhoods. The important part:
Because the internet is a wondrous place and everyone has already thought of everything, we stumbled upon a pretty sweet blog called Disney Meals that shares recipes inspired by foods in Disney movies. Lucky for us, they already did chocolate pot roast with stispashio… with spismashmi… with green gravy!
AK followed the recipe pretty closely, with only a couple adjustments:
Carrot, celery, onion, green & red bell peppers get chopped up and simmered with red wine.
SParents kindly let us use some of theirs!
The veggiewine had to simmer for quite a long time before the liquid was reduced enough. Meanwhile…
3 pounds of chuck beef gets seasoned (chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, cinnamon) and then browned in the broiler for a few minutes
Nice and brown and time to go into the crockpot!
The recipe only called for five pieces, but… chocolate. So the whole baking bar went in.
In goes the chicken stock
Wine simmer made the veggies all red and pretty. They go in next!
Rosemary on top, and it’s ready to cook! The crockpot got turned on at around 10:30am and cooked until we ate at 7.
Just before dinnertime we worked together to make some pistachio gravy! The recipe from Disney Meal mentions that it doesn’t come out very green, so we put food coloring in it to make it fun. YAY.
Saute half an onion in olive oil until translucent. AK accidentally switched the onions so this one should have been white and the red should have been in the crockpot. Oh well!
The recipe called for unsalted pistachios, but the only unsalted ones we could find were pre-shelled and cost like $23. So, SP did the manual labor and we ground them up in the blender.
Ground pistachios join the onions in the pan
It heats up for just a moment before we take it off the heat, add some seasonings, and puree it.
Back into the pan with some milk and flour to get gravyed up! We found that the 1/4 cup milk and the 1/4 cup flour had it a little too thick and sludgy, so we added some extra milk and water to make it more of a liquid. This is when the food coloring went in, too!
Looks like guacamole! It turned out kinda sludgy anyway, despite our efforts. Tasted good regardless.
And there you have it. Chocolate pot roast with green pistachio gravy!
We were super impressed with how delicious this turned out. As AK put it, the flavor profile was exactly what she imagines when using the term “savory.” The rosemary made everything smell and taste even more amazing. It would be really great in a pot pie, too… although we’d likely avoid that because of calories. Overall, a definite do-over! Thanks, Disney Meals!
Tomorrow is Strawberry Day/Kahlua Day.