Some people love cilantro...some people can not stand it.
If you are one of the later, you best just move on.
Nothing for you here this week. ;-)
See, I had some ingredients on hand, a bunch of cilantro that would shortly be limp, a jalapeno that would shrivel, a lime that would dry out. And I HATE to waste!
So when I happened upon a recipe for cilantro pesto, it was perfect.
I had almonds in the freezer, along with some frozen cotija from Christmas, so I was all set.
1 large bunch fresh cilantro, large stems removed.
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup grated cotija (or Parmesan) cheese
1/2 jalapeno pepper, diced
1/2 cup almonds, walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup olive oil
In an electric food processor or blender, blend cilantro, garlic, lime juice, cheese, diced pepper, and nuts. Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil, and blend.
Add more olive oil until the pesto reaches your desired consistency.
Quick and easy!
So, how can you use this?
Well, here is a list of suggestions from Snappy Gourmet.
- Now are you wondering what to do with all this great Spicy Cilantro Pesto??? Here are some of my favorite ideas:
- Spread a little pesto on your sandwiches or burgers, or mix a little in with some mayo for a sandwich spread.
- Mix a little pesto into your favorite pasta salads, potato salads, and coleslaws.
- Mix a little pesto into your favorite chicken salads, tuna fish, or shrimp salads.
- Spread a little pesto on crostini or crackers and top with shrimp, sliced beef, or veggies.
- Mix a little pesto into some sour cream and mayonnaise/yogurt for a delicious veggie or chip dip. Use pesto as a sauce for pasta or mix a little into your favorite tomato sauces.
- Spoon pesto over a block of softened cream cheese for a spread that is great with crackers and veggies.
- Spoon a little pesto over tacos or your favorite Mexican dishes.
- Mix pesto with a little more olive oil and vinegar for a simple vinaigrette dressing for salads.
- Mix pesto with a little more olive oil and lime juice and use as a marinade or sauce for chicken, beef, shrimp/fish, or pork.
- Use pesto as a sauce for homemade pizza.
- Or my personal fave…just eat it straight-up with a spoon!
As you can see, I put some on slices of steak, like a cheesy, cilantro version of Chimichurri. Delicious!!
And I think it would be excellent on fish or some grilled chicken as well.
You can add some more oil and make it looser or leave it thicker, mix with hot pasta and add a little pasta water to thin the sauce out to the desired consistency.
I froze the extra.
Ideally, I would have put it in ice cube trays and then pop the frozen nuggets into a zip lock bag, sitting in the freezer until you need it. But having no ice cube trays, I just put it in a zip lock, flattened it out, and will break off some as I need it.
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