This beautiful, fresh pesto is packed with flavor.
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Adding rocket with your basil also adds at little more bite. I'm new to Rouxbe and haven't tried this method to make pesto but I have included rocket with basil in the past. I love the taste of rocket and this can add a different edge to the traditional basil.
I have several basil plants in the garden. The purple basil really grows well! I saw one other comment a few years back about purple basil. Any thoughts on using it for pesto or anything else? So far I have only used it for salads. I do dry it and use it in other recipes, I guess I should just try it for pesto, but will it be purple instead of green?
Indeed, you can use purple basil to make pesto. And yes, it will be a dark purpley-brown color rather than green, but the taste will still be delicious.
For more ideas on what to do with your purple basil, I found this post entitled, "Growing Purple Pesto & What to do with it", that you might find helpful. Hope that helps. Cheers!
Thanks Dawn! The site was indeed helpful and i will return to it again and again, I am sure as the P.Basil plant in humungous! The basil with almond pesto is delish. You guys do such a great job in answering us and are so helpful it is really appreciated.
...and I think you should have a class on mezzaluna skills ;)
Although it looks easy, it took me a while to get the hang of it. That said - I was amazed at how flavorful this was. All the pesto I've tried before has been bland in comparison. No need to add salt - the pecorino was salty enough. I ate my pesto with a little goat cheese and toasted ciabatta. Next stop the orecchiette with the cream and pesto sauce!
And new goslings...well I planted rows of basil, let my tiny geese out of the pen and they ripped out a whole row in 2 minutes flat. The remains made wonderful pesto which is going in the freezer this afternoon. My geese have good taste by the way, the pesto is excellent! Now to plant again behind a fence.