Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Never Go Up Against a Silcilian*...Pesto (adapted from Cooking Light)

1/2 cup pine nuts
6 elephant garlic cloves
8 cups basil leaves
1/2 extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 ounces Pecarino Romano cheese, cut into small cubes

~Heat a small skillet over medium. Add pine nuts; cook until lightly toasted, tossing occasionally. Remove from heat.
~Combine nuts and garlic in food processor bowl; process until minced. Add basil, olive oil, salt and pepper; process until blended, scraping sides occasionally. Add cheese; process until smooth.
~To Freeze: place 1/4 cup blobs of pesto on silpat-lined baking sheet and flash-freeze for approximately 2 hours. Remove blobs and place in ziploc bag. These can then be added to soups or hot pasta or microwaved for 20-30 seconds to put on slices of Italian bread~ umm!
*Those of you that know movies will obviously recognize this line from The Princess Bride, in which Vizzini tells the Dread Pirate Roberts "Never go up against a Silcilian when death is on the line"~ obviously, we Silcilians take our pesto seriously!!

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