Foodie Friday: Pesto

by Shalice Noel





Foodie Friday

Making Dinner Look Complicated, the Easy Way

Dinner time in our house is all about making sure those little mouths are fed. We don’t usually spend a lot of time on presentation because there’s not much time to spend. But there’s a simple way to dress up dinner when you want to feel like a master chef on a weeknight: Pesto. A few tablespoons can turn baked chicken into Italian Chicken – top it with some tomato slices and you’ve got a gourmet meal on your hands, with about 5 minutes of prep.

That said, I like to make my own pesto to keep on hand for just such a culinary occasion.

Homemade Basil Pesto

What You’ll Need:

4 C Fresh Basil Leaves (about 3 bunches)

1/2 C Grapeseed Oil + a drizzle or two

1/3 C Pine Nuts

2 Garlic Cloves

1 t Salt

How You’ll Do It:

1 – Toast the pine nuts. To do this, put the nuts in a dry skillet (no oil here) and cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently for about 3-5 minutes or until golden. Take them out of the pan and let them cool on a plate for a minute.

2- Put everything in a blender and blend until paste forms. You’ll want a spatula to push the basil down every so often.

3 – Store your pesto in a jar and drizzle a layer of oil on top. This keeps it from oxidizing and will help maintain that fresh green color. It’ll keep for about a week in the fridge or up to six months in the freezer

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Kremb de la Kremb July 8, 2016 - 6:35 pm

Love pesto! I can remember overdosing on it during my junior year of college abroad in Firenze, Italy. I went to our head of school, and was like I don’t feel so well. He asked what I had for lunch…I had overdone it! Now I know moderation!! 😛

Cute pics of you and the little. 😀

Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

shalice noel July 8, 2016 - 11:52 pm

HAH always in moderation!! yes – we had it last night over pasta – so fresh and easy 🙂

Janna July 9, 2016 - 12:27 am

I’m going to put this on everything! ?

shalice noel July 9, 2016 - 12:28 am

Haha as you should- it’s healthy right??

Reid July 11, 2016 - 3:58 am

One of my favorites!

shalice noel July 11, 2016 - 1:48 pm

Have to make it again STAT


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