Before you say gross, let me explain.
Girlichef is hosting the BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient) and I just couldn't resist participating in this. First, Dar is the absolute best and if you don't believe just grab my badge! That is right! You can grab my badge because Dar created it for me. THANKS A MILLION TIMES OVER FOR THAT DAR. Second, I love greens.
I also love all kinds of pesto. As a matter of fact, I am kind of a pesto expert. I always have frozen homemade pesto cubes in my freezer. I am always making new pesto recipes. Pesto is what I order, if it is on the menu, when we go out to eat. Which brings me to my Mustard Greens Pesto recipe.
A couple of months ago we were in Tampa, Florida at a local seafood restaurant where I ordered fresh fish with pesto and pasta. It was delicious. The pesto had such an unique taste that I asked to speak to the Chef.
"Chef, may I inquire about this delicious pesto," I asked?
"Yes you may. It is Mustard Greens Pesto but I can not give away my recipe. It is my signature item."
When I got home, I went to work on my own mustard greens pesto recipe.
Gin's Mustard Greens Fresh Pesto
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup almonds
2 garlic cloves, roasted
3 tablespoons raspberry balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups coarsely chopped mustard greens
salt and pepper to taste
(1) Blend 1/2 cup olive oil, almonds, and garlic in a processor until finely chopped. (2) Add vinegar, Parmesan cheese and thoroughly blend. Add mustard greens with remaining oil. Season with honey,cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste. (3) ENJOY!
There you have, my entry into this week's BSI. Let me tell you what I like about this pesto. First of all, it really has a kick in the flavor department. It is relatively cheap to make. It is off the chart in the versatility of uses.
I hope that everybody is have a great summer and a wonderful weekend.