purple basil pesto

9.22.2011

Yay! Our Fall CSA from Hampstead Farms started a couple of weeks ago and I am having a ball cooking with all the fresh vegetables. Purple basil was something I've never used before. It made the kitchen smell so fresh. Since herbs don't last very long, I used it right away to make some pesto. Since I didn't have all the standard ingredients you usually make pesto with, I played it by ear. And this is what I ended up with-- purple basil pesto macadamia nut pesto!
purple basil pesto macadamia nut pesto
ingredients
  • 2 cups of basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nut 
  • 1 whole elephant garlic head
  • salt and pepper, to taste
directions
  1. combine the basil in with the nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
  2. slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

2 comments :

  1. joy! if you can get a hold of some, definitely try it. Its more potent than regular basil.

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