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pesto recipe anyone?

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by Jaegergirl, Feb 28, 2005.

  1. Jaegergirl

    Jaegergirl Proud2BAmerican

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    i am looking for a good pesto recipe. i know are a million recipes online..i've looked. problem is, i tried one i found for a get-together we had (thank goodness it was just my immediate family) and it was awful. so i'd like to try a recipe someone has had success with. any suggestions?

    thanks in advance.

    :)
     
  2. MrsKitty

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    Gee, I don't really have a recipie. I just throw tons of fresh basil, garlic, salt & pepper and GOOD olive oil into the food processor/blender. I then taste and adjust as I go.

    BTW pesto freezes pretty good.
     

  3. Jaegergirl

    Jaegergirl Proud2BAmerican

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    well, the recipe i tried called for 3 cups of basil plus olive oil, parm. cheese, and garlic. since i have dried basil, that's what i used. it didn't taste very good. maybe the key is FRESH basil, not dried. it's good to know you can freeze it.

    thanks. :)
     
  4. Wulfenite

    Wulfenite The King

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    Ms kitty has it nailed.

    Most people freeze the pesto in an ice cube tray. That way you end up with serving size ammounts you can defrost.
     
  5. MrsKitty

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    Some people add parsley, pine nuts and various other things in addition to parmeasan cheese. Just play around with it ;)
     
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    jason10mm NRA-GOA-TSRA

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    You HAVE to use fresh basil and parsley in pesto! Toss in some sauteed mushrooms to add some nice body! Toasted pine nuts are also good. I can't imagine pesto without parmesean. I think I got most of my base pesto recipies from www.foodtv.com. Come to think of it, just about ALL of my recipies from from there or rec.food.
     
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    Mushrooms! I would have never thought of that! ;f
     
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    eisman ARGH! CLM

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    I use kalamata olives. Goes good with red wine.
     
  9. Jaegergirl

    Jaegergirl Proud2BAmerican

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    thanks for all the great ideas. i'm not crazy about mushrooms so i might have to pass on that... or make some with mushrooms for the family and some without for me.

    i never think to look on food tv's website for recipes. i usually go to www.allrecipes.com or www.cooks.com. looks like they have some good stuff i'll need to try.

    :)
     
  10. lethal tupperwa

    lethal tupperwa

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    note if you don't have pine nuts use walnuts.

    Basil grows like crazy and makes pesto inexpensive.

    basil,parsley,good olive oil,garlic and nuts and parmesan cheese in a food processor whiz and enjoy.

    It doesn't take a lot of pesto to overpower what ever you put it on.

    Go easy you can always add more.
     
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    allanc "Inconceivable"

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    I use toasted macadamia nuts in my pesto.