I went to the maket and i saw fresh basil i was already excited to do some delicious pesto; i love it because of its versatility. You can use it pretty much with everything; as a pizza sauce, toss it with pasta, like a garnish, on some bread. Or you can buy a jar at the supermarket but definetely its not the same, i mean the taste of homemade basil is unique and oh so good!
I also love that i can use parsley or cilantro instead of basil, you can add sun-dried tomatoes, instead of pine nuts you can use almonds, peanuts, walnuts, so thats awesome cause you can do your own version of pesto!
I like to roast my garlic head, because it tastes so much better, the spicyness goes away and hello sweet garlic, it conserves the flavor but you discover the sweet side of it; it tastes great on toasted bread wiht caramelized onion, also it tastes great with mashed potatoes!
The pine nuts are toasted, in a pan just add some pine nuts and let them get hot and yummy; do not add oil or butter or anything; when changing color they are done.
I'll be posting recipes using basil because i made a bunch so i need to use it. Guys try to use some good quality ingredients, that changes so much the flavor.
Pine nuts? Yeah, Mediterranean Pine Nuts, grown in Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
And Pink Pine Nuts, a friend sent them to me from Mexico, the two types of pine nuts are available in Mexico. They taste pretty much the same.
I didn't used a recipe, but this one its pretty close!
2 cups fresh basil
3-4 cloves roasted garlic
1/2 cup pine nuts
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
a pinch of salt and pepper
In a food processor, blend together basil, pine nuts, garlic and cheese. Pour in oil slowly while still mixing, and then add salt and pepper. Make sure it's well blended.
*You can blend it by separate and then mix it together with a spatula.