I wanted a new twist on pesto. I happened to have an abundance of cilantro in my refrigerator and I don't know about you but I immediately think of making salsa or some sort of Asian-flavored dish. There is a lot more that can be done with cilantro. Cilantro makes a fantastic pesto and even though I had pine nuts in my freezer, I used peanuts instead because I wanted a stronger nut flavor to balance with cilantro's upfront personality. The result was delicious and I just had to share. Try it with pasta, rubbed on grilled fish or shrimp or as a base for a salad dressing. I'd love to hear what else you all do with it. Enjoy!
(makes about a cup)
2 bunches of cilantro cleaned and de-stemmed
1 clove garlic minced
¼ c. peanuts
¼ c. Parmesan cheese
½ c. olive oil
In a small food processor add cilantro, garlic, peanuts and Parmesan. Pulse a couple times to combine. Turn on food processor and slowly drizzle in olive oil. Turn off food processor and pour contents into a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper as necessary.
Delicious receipe and very convenient. Already had everything stocked in my frig which is very rare. Thanks for sharing!
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