Have you ever wondered what to do with all the greens you get from your local CSA like La Nay Ferme?
Well I have the answer. Make pesto! Whether its spinach, Swiss chard, arugula, parsley, cilantro or kale, pesto tastes good every time and seriously anyone can make it. Oh, pesto is healthy too. Here is a link to a Kale Pesto I did last year
Though ill share my recipe in a moment here is a simple do it yourself explanation that will work every time.
You just throw greens, garlic, hard cheese, nuts, an acid and an oil into a blender or food processor and turn it on. Seriously that’s all there is to it.
Here is my recipe I threw together today.
Place in blender in this order.
1. Half cup grated Parmesan cheese.
2. 1 cup walnuts
3. 4 garlic cloves
4. Packed greens to the top. I’d guess 20-30 leaves of chard.
5. Salt and pepper
6. Just under 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
7. Cup of olive oil. I used a little habañero oil and extra virgin.
Turn on blender. Once blending you will slowly drizzle in more oil (very slowly) while it all blends up to the consistency you want. The more oil you pour in the less thick the pesto will be. Use olive oil only.
A fresh and good pesto will be bright green and full of flavor. All the ingredients above can be swapped out with similar ingredients.
Greens of all sorts as mentioned above.
Acids: lemon, lime, or vinegars
Nuts: peanuts, cashews, pine nuts, almonds etc
Any kind of olive oils.
You can add herbs, onions, peppers etc too. Have fun and experiment.
I love Pesto on pizza, sandwiches, chicken, eggs, pasta, crackers etc. I have even used it as a salad dressing.
Here is to hoping you’ll love your pesto!