Basil Pesto

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Pesto4Pesto is one of my favorite sauces.  I love it on all kinds of pasta hot and cold.  Before I learned how to make it, I would always order it whenever I went out to eat.  But, not that I have an herb garden and grow lots of basil, I always have it in my fridge and freezer.  I keep jars of it in the fridge and freeze it in ice cube trays and keep it in the freezer to add to soups and stews all year round.  

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In the large bowl of a  food processor, add the basil and the nuts.  Chop. 
Add the cheese, garlic, salt and pepper to the food processor and blend.  While the food processor is still running, drizzle the olive oil through the tube until it is completely combined. 
Isn’t this glorious.  Pesto on fresh pasta is great, but don’t stop there.  You will love it on chicken or in soups and tomato sauce.  
 
 
Here’s the recipe


Basil Pesto

Ingredients
3 Cups Fresh Basil leaves, packed
2/3 Cup Olive Oil
1 Cup Grated Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
1/2 Cup Pine Nuts
1 Garlic Clove
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
Instructions
In the large bowl of a  food processor, add the basil and the nuts.  Chop.   Add the cheese, garlic, salt and pepper and put the food processor on the continuous on setting.  While the food processor is still running, drizzle the olive oil through the tube until it is completely combined.Store pesto in the refrigerator with a film of olive oil on the top or a piece of plastic wrap touching the top of the pesto.

Chicken Cutlet with Mozzarella, Red Pepper and Pesto


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I had this at a catered event and just fell in love with it.  The combination of pesto, fresh mozzarella and chicken cutlet is out of this world.  
Ingredients
2  Slices Rye Bread or a Hard Roll
1 Fried Chicken Cutlet
1 Jar Pesto
2 Roasted Red Peppers
4 Slices Fresh Mozzarella
Butter
Instructions
If you are using Rye bread, lightly toast both pieces.  Lay both slices of bread on the work surface.  Spread pesto on both pieces.  Top one piece with 2 slices of fresh mozzarella, 1 roasted red pepper and a chicken cutlet.  Top the chicken cutlet with the second slice of bread, pesto side down.
Serve.

Grilled Mozzarella with Pesto


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There is nothing more of a staple than grilled cheese.  Now kick it up with Mozzarella and Pesto.  Delish!! 
Ingredients
2  Slices Rye Bread or Rolls
1 Jar Pesto
2 Roasted Red Peppers
4 Slices Fresh Mozzarella
Butter
Salt

 

Instructions

Spread butter on one side of the bottom piece of rye bread.  Place it butter side down in a shallow pan.  Spread pesto on the side facing up.   Top it with 2 slices of fresh mozzarella and 1 roasted red pepper. Sprinkle with salt.   Spread pesto on the second piece of bread and place the pesto side on top of the roasted pepper.  Spread butter on the last side of the bread.

Grill on low until the bread is brown and the cheese is starting to melt.  Flip the sandwich over and continue to cook on low heat until the second side is brown.

Serve.


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