Friday, August 20, 2010

Fresh Pesto Butter

Recently, I picked a large bunch of basil from my Mom's large garden (mine seemed to barely grow).  I used this bunch to make Cherries with Basil, Olive Oil Pesto, and this Pesto Butter.  I love Pesto Butter for spreading on a crusty piece of French Bread or for making "butter noodles". It's also great for grilled or sauteed vegetables. 

Anyway, it's super easy to make.  I used a small food processor to blend...
one lightly packed cup of basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
handful of pine nuts
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese.

After this mixture was blended to a paste consistency, I add 1/2 c of softened butter (I use Land O' Lakes Light), but I'm sure you can use whatever type of butter/margarine that you prefer.  I blended until smooth.  

Then you have Pesto Butter.  Simple. Delicioso. A great way to use a bumper crop of basil; it can be frozen and gifted!

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Elizabeth said...

What great ideas! I have two little basil plants on my back porch and I will definitely be harvesting some basil to try out these recipes. I am a big fan of anything I can freeze because I like to make BIG batches! I found you at new friend fridays and I'm glad I did, you have some great recipes!

Terrell said...

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CJ {Pink Tea} said...

I saw your comment and came over to visit, and I am so glad I did. Basil butter... what an utterly fabulous and yet simple idea. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to learn more.

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