Helpful Tips for Making and Using Fresh Pesto
Fresh pesto not only adds color but, it adds another level of flavor to a dish. Paella, a traditional Spanish dish, is often served with a parsley or cilantro pesto on the side. It's quite versatile, and can be used as a condiment on steak just like chimichurri, and works equally well on chicken, pork and fish. See helpful tips for grilling fish here on Food Network.
- You can also mix it with softened cream cheese and salsa to make a quick south of the border dip or spread to serve with chips and crackers.
- Drizzle on tacos, enchiladas or taco salads.
- Mix it with rice or cauliflower rice as an added layer of flavor.
Cilantro is one of those herbs, that people seem to love or hate. We're in the love category at our house. I think the reason we love it, is it often accompanies some of our favorite cuisines. You'll find it used generously in Indian, Mexican, Spanish and Asian cuisines in a variety of dishes.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
- 1 small bunch cilantro cleaned, stems removed
- ½ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup sweet onion chopped
- 2 medium green onions chopped
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup toasted almonds or pine nuts
- ½ medium fresh jalapeno pepper seeds & membrane removed
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and process until blended.
- Chill until serving.
- To thin the pesto, add more olive oil until you reach your desired consistency.