Monday, August 9, 2010

Whiskers on kittens

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
Salt TT
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.


miss kitti said...

yum. I had pesto over homemade cheese ravioli the other day. With whole-roasted cloves of garlic. It was a sublime experience. Love the butter idea.

Sarah said...

Mille - You are amazing. I love reading your blog with all your cute ideas. I would loooove to try your pesto recipe but I'm a pesto virgin. I really don't know what to do with it. I need some ideas on how to use pesto once I've made it. I think I'll try the pesto butter though - it does sound good!
PS - I miss you girl!

Maudie Jane said...

As far as pesto is concerned you can use it on anything. You can toss a few tablespoons with any plain cooked pasta, use it as a pizza sauce, add it to reduced cream and make a creamy pesto pasta sauce, smear it on crusty bread and add provolone and sliced tomato for an excellent sandwich, or use it as the dressing for a pasta salad. 

Pesto is so fun because you can add anything to it and it is so easy to make.