Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Cilantro Lime Pesto- Put This On Everything, Now!

I've had some kitchen issues, all of which were kicked off by a mouse who wanted to come in from the cold, set up camp in my oven, and refused to take any bait from any kind of mouse trap. He was finally vanquished, but had caused oven issues (in addition to the grossness factor), and until this morning when a replacement one arrived, my oven was non-functional. If it actually would warm up like it's supposed to, it might not be a big deal, but it's almost May, it's 45 degrees and raining, and I want to bake things!

The first thing I did to baptize the new oven was to roast cauliflower, which is one of my favorite things. I got the idea for the pesto from a friend, who told me a few weeks ago about a cauliflower-pesto combo that I've been thinking of ever since! I love pesto, normally, but this one is a little different and extra delicious. It also couldn't be easier.

What you need:
-big bunch of cilantro (I used a bunch and a half)
-juice of one lime, and zest
-1c olive oil (except, I used 1/2c oil and 1/2c water, and it worked just fine)
-1/2c nuts- I used 1/4c walnuts and 1/4c almonds
-3-4 cloves garlic
-a little salt
-red pepper flakes (or, jalapeno!)

What to do:
Put it all in the food processor or a really good blender, and push go. See, told you it was easy! Taste it, you want it to be balanced, not overpoweringly garlicky or salty, it should be fresh and bright and tangy. See how beautiful and green it is!

I roasted the cauliflower with olive oil, salt, and cumin, just toss it in those and stick it in a 400 degree oven (turning once or twice) until nice and brown. The beans were just cooked in a pan with cumin and corriander- super easy. I am really looking forward to having this on some fish or chicken, too (or you could do tofu, if that floats your boat).

Honestly, I want to put this stuff on everything!


Pam said...

I love pesto - this one sounds terrific.

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