Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Green Hatch Chile Pecan Pesto

I just made the absolute best pesto that I have ever made in my entire life. My basil plants were starting to look a bit threatening, so I figured it was time for a harvest, and what better thing to do with fresh basil than to make fresh pesto? I’m not a fan of pine nuts, considering them a bit bland, so have never used them in pesto, I generally opt for walnuts. But, this season Melissa’s Produce introduced both Red and Green Hatch Chile Pecans (as well as almonds), so I used them. This stuff is heaven on earth! Who needs pasta? With this delicious pesto, all you need is a spoon.
Green Hatch Chile Pecan Pesto

2 large cloves garlic*
½ cup
Melissa’s Green Hatch Chile Pecans
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups fresh basil
Scant ½ cup
extra virgin olive oil

Place garlic, pecans, Parmesan, salt, and pepper into the work bowl of a food processor and pulse until it looks like course meal. Add basil, and pulse once or twice. Then, with motor running, slowly pour olive oil in through the work tube until everything is well blended and creamy. Store in an airtight container (drizzling the top with a little extra olive oil will keep it from turning dark). Best when used within two days. It freezes beautifully.


* Use more if you like things extra garlicky.


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3 comments:

Linda said...

I Wasn't impressed with pine nuts the one time I used them in pesto. Walnuts make more sense to me, but those Hatch pecans would be YUM! This recipe looks really good!

sandy said...

this sounds SO SO GOOD. I need Mike to make me some!

glad you shared the recipe, thanks - and the photos are beautiful. Love food photos.

judee said...

I like pine nuts , but they are so super expensive that I usually use an alternate nut too. Your pesto looks amazing but I'll take some pasta too..