Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pesto!



We're talking about one of my favorite foods ever!! I have this thing for pesto, can't keep my hands off it!! And ever since I discovered that basil pesto isn't the only kind, well, lets just say I can't stop experimenting, or eating!





I was cleaning out my fridge today and boy, do I have a lot of cheese for a single girl living alone! So the goal is to use it all up in the next 3 weeks. I'm hoping to find some interesting recipes, so wish me luck! I thought I'd begin with the parmesan. So moving on to the other ingredients...





Thyme (which is DIVINE with tomatoes), garlic (but of course), extra virgin olive oil, tomatoes, and almonds (you could use cashew nuts as well, but i have about 2 pounds of these lying around, so...) 




Quarter the tomatoes.




Stick them in a big sheet/roasting pan or something similar.




Peel and rough chop the garlic. Make sure the pieces and nice and chunky. We'll be roasting it all later, and trust me when i tell you, there are few things worse than burnt garlic.




Sprinkle some thyme. Be generous! Especially if you have only the dry kind-like I do.




A quarter cup of olive oil. Drizzle that over the tomatoes.




Add some salt. Give it a good mix with a spoon/your hands, don't worry, I won't judge you :)
Stick it in the oven, 30-45 minutes.




Blanch the almonds. No, I shall not tell you how. Be proactive and look it up! Or wait for me to do a post on blanching almonds.





Grate the cheese. (Yes, I have an amazing cheese grater. And yes, I am showing off!)
Now go read a book/take a shower, whatever.




In about 30 minutes or a bit more your tomatoes should look like this... No, you CANNOT eat them now. Control yourself for god's sake!




Put it all in the blender, Blend until smooth. 






Put it in a pretty bowl, or, if you're anything like me, put it in the only presentable bowl you have in the kitchen. Drizzle some olive oil on top. 
P.S.-Yes, I have this really cool pink lighter (you can see it in the background can't you. And no, I don't smoke, its for my incense sticks!)

Recipe

Ingredients:

Tomatoes - 2 pounds
Garlic - 6 cloves (or more, if you're brave!)
Thyme - 2 tablespoons
Parmesan Cheese - 1/2-3/4th of a cup, grated
Almonds - 1/2 cup
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - 1/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon for the end
Salt - you decide.

Quarter the tomatoes.
Peel and roughly chop the garlic.
Put the above two on a roasting sheet. 
Sprinkle thyme, salt and the 1/4 cup of olive oil on top.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-45 minutes (or until your tomatoes look like the ones in my photo).
Meanwhile, blanch the almonds and grate the cheese.
When its all done, blend until smooth.
Serve with the rest of the olive oil drizzled on top.

Oh, and this is probably perfect eaten with bread or really light crackers (that i shall make you in the next post)... But until then, I suggest you try the pesto with these yummy crackers that my friend, Shaheen makes.


8 comments:

The Purple Foodie said...
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The Purple Foodie said...

* Okay, so you sent me over to make me jealous of all the cheese and that gorgeous knife, didn't you?

* Funky tattoo!

* Curious, but doesn't Parmesan has a pretty long shelf life? My block said 18 months.

* {strikeout}I reloaded the page twice, but the photos in the middle didn't load at all. Weird. {/strikeout} Ignore this. It's fine now. Got lucky the third time.

* And so, I am finally at the bottom of the post - thank youuu! thank you for the mention. :) really sweet! xoxo

raj said...

shaheen-its been over 6 months since i bought that cheese! and im moving cities in 3 weeks, not sure if they'll survive the journey :)
so like homer simpson said-put the yummy in the tummy!! quick!

Nags said...

you are so funny!! love this recipe, gotta try soon!

Sunshinemom said...

Gorgeous!! Nice instructions too!

Divya Vikram said...

Pesto looks delectable! Love your unique recipes!

rajiika said...

lo, thank you! i try. *bows*
more food coming up sooooooonly soon!

nandini said...

lovely recipe.. surely will try this one.