Thursday, January 17, 2008

Perfect Pesto

Pesto is one of the most flavorful sauces (or is it a condiment) you can make. It's very simple. It is kinda strong, so a little bit goes a long way.
Start with a clove of garlic, a handful of pine nuts (toasted if you have the time) and a couple of handfuls of basil. Add salt and freshly ground pepper. Give it all a good whirl in the food processor.
This needed more nuts and garlic. Garlic gives it a good kick without adding heat.

Now, let the processor run and stream in the olive oil (extra virgin only, please). Add enough until you get a paste.

Stir in some grated Parmesean cheese. Bam! You have pesto. Toss it with pasta. Slather it on baked/broiled chicken or fish. Stuff it in pork, lamb or even beef. It fabulous as the sauce for a white pizza. Yum!

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