Kale and Beet Greens PestoWith our weekly allotment of CSA produce, mostly greens, there is a resultant weekly challenge, called using up the greens before Saturday when the new ones arrive. I do not have a gigantic refrigerator, there is only so much room in it. The good side of this, is stepping outside the
As an example of trying new things, this week it was Kale and Beet Greens Pesto. The beets were not from our CSA box, but were so beautiful at the store, that I could not resist, with tops that were equally fine. Both big bunches were reduced down to that little container you see above. I blanched the kale first for about 6 minutes, and added in the beet greens for another minute, then gave them both an ice bath, to keep their lovely vibrant color.
Basil delivers quite the flavor punch in a pesto, which you have to keep in mind when veering off that path. Add a bit more garlic, use a really good flavored olive oil, more lemon juice and a zippy hard cheese. I'll bet mustard greens would be good in this. Also, I used toasted macadamia nuts, which were nice, but next time will try walnuts.
Kale and Beet Greens Pesto2 bunches greens (kale, arugula, basil, beet, mustard, spinach, etc.) stems removed, chopped roughly
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup lightly toasted macadamia nuts, pine nuts, or walnuts
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teas. kosher salt or to taste
pinch red pepper flakes
Wash and remove stems from your greens, then dump kale in first, and blanch for 5 or 6 minutes, before adding any more tender greens. Drain, and place immediately in an ice bath. When completely cooled down, squeeze out excess water.
Put the nuts, garlic, cheese, salt and pepper into the processor container and whiz til broken down a bit, then add in the greens, lemon juice and half the oil. Process, adding the remaining olive oil gradually, until it is as smooth as you want it.
Presto Pasta Nights, # 160 - hosted this week by Cynthia, The Kitchen Slave. Be sure to check out all the delicious dishes here at the round-up.