So then, the other day I made some Walnut Cilantro Pesto and I thought I’ll bet this is something y’all would like. And so I called to invite you over to have some with a little happy hour beverage, but you weren’t home. So, sorry I missed you, but here’s the recipe.
Super super simple.
You will need walnuts, cilantro, Parmesan, olive oil, garlic and salt. You can add a few other spices if you want, because after all, it is your pesto.
Sean was my food stylist and he added the butter knife to the pesto tableau, which I think is a nice touch.
I always add a drop or two of liquid smoke because I like a subtle smoky flavor to most things. A dash of cumin and chili powder – the golden spice combo in my opinion – is a nice touch too. Some recipes call for jalapenos, but I say ix nay on the alapenos hay. Jalapenos are wonderful, I love’em, but I don’t think they belong in Mediterranean influenced dishes.
So then. Dump about a half cup or so of walnuts into your food processor along with “some” fresh, course-chopped cilantro. By “some” I mean a handful. And by “handful” I mean some. Or 2/3 cup or so. Next add maybe 1/4 cup of olive oil. You can drizzle in more as the food processor is running to get the consistency you want.
After that I grate in some fresh Parmesan, about 1/4 cup. More if you like. Do not use that sprinkle stuff that comes in can, never ever, anywhere, ever. I’m not a food snob, but no to that. Next add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and and 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic, although I sometimes use the powdered stuff. Then grind it all up until you achieve the consistency of peanut butter, vibrant green peanut butter.
Now, how to serve this stuff?
I don’t really care much for pesto on pasta; I really prefer it just served on crackers or toasted garlic bread with a nice glass of Merlot. I also like to spread it on a fillet of Tilapia, roll it up and bake it – even though it has cheese. Some food snobs people think you should never ever mix cheese and fish, but hello! Fillet-o-Fish has cheese food product and everyone knows that FOF is a delicacy. I like to tell the story of how when I was pregnant I craved McD’s Fillet-O-Fish and one time I went through the drive-through and ordered one, ate it, drove around the building and ordered another one. Yes, I know that relates to nothing heretofore but I’m in the mood to share.
And here’s the final dish.
Many thanks to Sean’s Food Styling for making this post possible.