Two of my favorite things, pesto and butter. I don't know why it has taken me so long to combine the two. Maybe I've just never had a bit of extra pesto laying around. I took the pesto butter to Mom's house and added it to some sliced crusty bread that we put under the broiler. I bet it would be Super tasty if we had added some Parmesan cheese to the top, but I didn't think of it in time.
I think everyone has a pesto recipe they love, but just in case here is mine. Though my recipe changes according to how much basil I have and what kind of nuts are in the house. Mostly I like pine nuts for pesto, but almonds are a close second and I usually do not keep the latter on hand.
1/3 cup freshly toasted almonds
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Fresh ground Pepper TT
1/2 tsp fresh lime or lemon juice
About 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Add the ingredients one at a time to a food processor and pulsing after each addition until it is course ground. As the processor is running add the olive oil slowly. If it looks a little dry add a little more oil.
To make pesto butter just add a tablespoon of the pesto to a cube of soft butter and pulse together in the food processor.