A Girl's Gotta Knit

A blog about opening A Swell Yarn Shop, knitting and the rest of the stuff that makes life fun :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

First thing from the garden

It was time to do a little snipping to my basil plants to get them to leaf out even more. By the time I finished snipping I was excited to see I had enough leaves for a small batch of pesto! MMmmmmm, pesto :)So I picked off all the leaves and tossed those into the blender. Then I threw in a few cloves of garlic and some olives. I then drizzled it with olive oil.
Other great additions, if I had been prepared, would have been grated parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and sundried tomatoes.
Then I pulse the blender. Because this was a small batch I had to keep pushing the stuff back onto the blades. Went you do a larger batch the stuff seems to stir itself a little better. I didn't mind the extra effort, we were gonna have fresh pesto tonight for dinner!!!
Still blending...but almost there!
As it settles, the oil will rise to the top and seal in the freshness. The flavors will start to blend together and by dinner time, we will be able to have pesto over pasta, pesto on some toasted bread, pesto in spaghetti sauce, pesto on top of crackers with cream cheese...oh my gosh, I am suddenly very hungry!


At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much of each do you use in your pesto? I made it for the first time with my home grown basil plants the other night and it was horrible. I followed a recipe that called for a cup of grated parmesan cheese and I think it was way too much. I used the basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Angela said...

I don't actually measure....I start with the basil and add the things that aren't very strong (olives, nuts, onion, sundried tomatoes) then blend that and start to add the strong stuff (garlic, parmesean) I add a little at a time and taste test along the way. A slice of bread or cracker to put a dab on is the best option I have found.


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