Friday, July 23, 2010

Because of Basil

Because I have enough room in my freezer.
Because my basil finally decided to grow.
Because I went to Trader Joe's and bought a vat of EVOO.
Because I'm pretty confident I'll be craving pesto in December.
Because walnuts are cheaper than pine nuts.
Because the last time these ice cube trays were used, it was for baby food.
Because I love parmesan cheese.
Because it smells good.
Because this way I won't eat it all in one sitting.
And mostly because pesto is so pretty, I made a load of this today.

3 cups fresh basil leaves
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (I promise you can't taste the difference)
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In food processor, blend together basil leaves, nuts, garlic and cheese. Pour oil in slowly while still mixing. Stir in salt and pepper. **you might need to add more oil depending on the consistency you prefer**

By freezing it in ice cube trays, they are premeasured to 2T servings. Perfect to grab a couple when you need them!

This recipe filled one ice cube tray, so essentially 16 T which =8 oz.=1 cup. Watch out, I've got my math on today! Not really, my math teacher hubby gave me an cooking/baking equivalency chart for Christmas.


Anonymous said...

Good for you....nothing like pesto in the dead of winter! - Addie

Christy said...

Way to go on your math skills even if Mike had to help!!!

Can't wait to have some of that pesto... YUMMY!!!

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Debbie said...

What a great idea! Sometimes I end up throwing away basil because I can't use it fast enough. Thank you for doing the math so I can freeze it.

Kristen said...

Looks wonderful! I LOVE pesto! I hope to make some in a week or two, but my kitchen is a mess now due to remodeling! I did manage to makes some sun-dried tomatoes in the over - posted the recipe over on my blog if you like them! VERY EASY!