Saturday, January 10, 2015

Winter Pesto From Your Garden

Make a great winter pesto with greens from your garden.  Here's what I added to my food processor this week to make a great pesto to share with some gardening friends.  Use as a spread, with pasta, with steamed vegetables, over fish--you name it.  Use your imagination!! And my friends loved it!
  • 10 or 12 leaves of Siberian Kale (or whatever kale you grow)
  • 2 Rutabaga leaves
  • 3 Arugula leaves (gives it some zing!!)
  • 5 carrot thinnings--leaves and root
  • 2 Chinese cabbage leaves
  • 1 Giant Red Mustard leaf
  • 6 or 8 sprigs of flat-leaf Parsley
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves (or to taste)
  • About 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • Olive Oil - just enough to moisten the mixture - can also add some orange juice, lemon juice, or water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Wash greens and remove heavy spines.  Add to food processor and process while adding olive oil.  Add garlic and walnuts and continue to process until well blended.  Add juice as necessary to make desired consistency.  Season to taste.  This pesto does not turn brown when saved in the refrigerator like Basil Pesto does, and the flavors continue to meld and mellow for several days (if it lasts that long).  Use whatever greens you have in your garden--think broccoli, chard, cabbage, collards, and use a few of the spicier greens to add flavor to the mix.   Enjoy!!

1 comment:

  1. I think I forgot to include Parmesan cheese in this recipe. Surely I added cheese!!