Sunday, July 12, 2009

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Basil?

On second thought, is basil ever a problem? The answer is no.

We've got basil coming out the wazoo right now. The best answer for basil? Pesto!

As long as you have a food processor, you can make it in a jiffy. I like mine with lots of lemon (juice and zest). And I usually use pine nuts, but walnuts work, too.

Shannan's Pesto
1 cup (or so) basil (I threw a tiny bit of parsley in mine because I had it and am not sure how else to use it)
2/3 cup grated parmasean cheese (use the "shredded" kind, if it's store-bought)
A handful of nuts
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 nice-sized clove of garlic
A glug or two of olive oil

Throw it all into the food processor, press that button while your kids cover their ears, then spread it on bread, throw it on pasta, grill it on chicken - whatever strikes your fancy!