5 Variations on Pesto
- Handmade Pesto
- Olive-Mint Pesto
- Charred Poblano and Garlic Pesto
- Mint Pesto
- Spicy Cilantro Pesto
Pounding the ingredients in a mortar produces a pesto of incomparable texture: silky basil leaves and olive oil bind coarser bits of garlic and Parmesan.
Try using a mix of brine- and oil-cured olives for a more complex pesto; our favorites are green Sicilian, Calamata, Cerignola and oil-cured Moroccan.
“This is a winner. I make it a lot. It is great with chicken.”
—Posted by GigiGool on May 28, 2008
Riff on the classic pairing of mint and lamb by kneading mint pesto into ground lamb, grilling the patties, then crumbling them into an orzo-and-feta salad.
This fresh pesto was inspired by the Moroccan spice-and-herb vinaigrette charmoula.