Top Rated Basil Pesto Recipes

Basil Pesto
Here's a classic basil sauce that won't turn brown the minute you toss it with hot pasta! The trick: Blanching the basil before making the pesto. You may think that blanching the basil will take away some of its spunk, but be assured that it doesn't. Indeed, the technique won't take an ounce of flavor out of the aromatic leaves. This extra step only adds a few minutes to the preparation of your pesto, but it'll give you a bright green sauce that will make all your favorite pesto dishes look as good as they taste.
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Basil Pesto
Nothing screams summer to me more than a fragrant, freshly-made pesto. Nearly sick of this winter’s cold weather and snow, I’ve been craving this simple and delicious spread all week. I love serving it on a piece of toast, with some fresh mozzarella slices and a couple of chopped sundried tomatoes (I’ll choose tomatoes from the garden in the summer), or tossed with fresh fettuccine, baby arugula, and a sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano for an easy weeknight dinner. It’s also really good in a ham and Swiss cheese sandwich. Click here to see Recipe SWAT Team: Condiments
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Pesto Kefir Hummus
Recipe Courtesy of LifewayThis flavorful pesto hummus is probiotic-packed with no preservatives or artificial flavorings. After one bite, you’ll never go back to store-bought brands.
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The Kelsey Sandwich
Though it may seem unusual, sweet multigrain bread, gooey Cheddar cheese, and an herbaceous, salty pesto create an irresistible sandwich.This recipe is courtesy of Tillamook and Matt Breslow of The Grilled Cheese Gril in Portland, Oregon.
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Grilled Halloumi and Peach salad
"Peaches are my favorite summer fruit. Though I like them best out of hand, they taste glorious in pies and cobblers and as a change from strawberries with shortcake. They make great sauces for BBQ and can be used for salsa, but this year I decided to use them hot off the grill. They are superb in salads and the grill gives them such robust flavor. "Recipe comes courtesy of Abbe Odenwalder of This Is How I Cook food blog. Check out the original recipe here!
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This delicious and sophisticated take on bacon-wrapped scallops is sure to impress guests at your next BBQ! Serve as an appetizer or place on top of pasta for a tasty entree. For more information on the OptiGrill visit: http://optigrill.t-falusa.com/
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scallops
This delicious and sophisticated take on bacon-wrapped scallops is sure to impress guests at your next BBQ! Serve as an appetizer or place on top of pasta for a tasty entree. For more information on the OptiGrill visit: http://optigrill.t-falusa.com/
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Raw kale salad may have its health benefits, but it's arguably not the most fun way to eat your vegetables. Smashing it into a sandwich with nutty Gouda and a quick homemade pesto is a serious improvement. If you're looking to fast-track this, because you absolutely cannot wait to eat, use store-bought pesto instead.
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Pepperoni, Pepper, and Provolone Pizza
Staying true to authentic baking methods, these flatbreads are made with the finest ingredients using traditional baking methods. Stonefire recipes showcase the versatility of our flatbreads. In 15 minutes you can create a delicious, easy meal for you and your family!
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Heirloom Tomato Caprese
A Caprese salad is usually sliced tomatoes alternated with sliced mozzarella and basil leaves with olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzled on top. It is really more of an antipasto than a traditional salad. This version takes it back into the salad world and it becomes a great dish to serve at any summer event, from a barbecue to a formal dinner.The key to a great Caprese is great ingredients; since there are only a few, you need to make sure they really shine. Tomatoes have a wide range of quality going from tasteless to mind-blowing. Though recent advances in winter greenhouse tomatoes have dramatically increased the quality of off-season tomatoes, there is nothing like an in-season ripe local tomato.Heirloom tomatoes tend to bruise more easily than regular tomatoes, but they have better flavor. The best way to tell is with your nose. This is true for basil and most other fruits and vegetables as well: how it smells is how it will taste.Click here to see 15 Tastiest Heirloom Tomato Recipes.
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Pesto Cottage Cheese Dip
Served with toasted wheat crisps, this savory dip combines cottage cheese and store-bought pesto, accented with fresh basil and toasted pine nuts to make a scrumptious appetizer. Recipe courtesy of Pepperidge Farm.
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Pesto Tortilla Pizza
A vegan treat from Veronica Bosgraaf, founder of Pure Bar and a lifestyle expert. Make your own basil pesto or use a jar of store-bought pesto for these simple mini tortilla pizzas. Click Here to See More Pizza Recipes
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