Saturday, July 9, 2011

Salivating Saturday

I have a confession to make. I love my garden. I love every fruit and veggie out of there. I use to hate gardening-it seemed like so much hard work, and it is, but the benefit is definitely worth the work.

The first thing that is ready to harvest in my garden is my lettuce, raspberries and basil. OMP and I have been enjoying fresh salads and raspberries directly off the vine for about a week now. I was trying to figure out what to do with the basil and the simplest dish to make that can be used for just about anything is pesto.  Here is a quick recipe for yummy pesto.

2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup pine nuts
2/3 cups Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups basil
2/3 cups olive oil
pepper to taste
squeeze of a lemon wedge or two

In a blender or food processor finely chop the garlic, next add nuts, cheese, salt, pepper, and basil, then process until finely chopped. Finally, add oil and lemon,blending until smooth.

Now, what to do with your pesto? I love making cowboy pizzas with it. You thought the pesto was easy, cowboy pizza is even easier.

Take a can of biscuits and roll them out flat, next cook them according to the directions on the can. You can make homemade biscuits, but I wanted to eat now and didn't have time to make up the biscuits.

After the biscuits have baked,  add pesto and any other toppings you want. I had left over steak and chicken and added them to the pesto along with some cheese. I turned my oven on broil and put them back in for a few minutes until the cheese had melted. These are so easy and so good! They are perfect for whatever leftovers you have laying around the house.


Kristi said...

Yum!! Sounds delish. I was bad this year and never really got the garden going. My husband got the raised beds built, but we didn't get them filled with soil...ooops...but I know that feeling of eating something fresh off the vine! This is the first year that I haven't had my sugar snap peas, boo. :(

TroubleT said...

Yum and YUM! We do similar pizzas here Chez T but we use bagels instead of biscuit dough. :) You could also try a Caprese salad with your basil. :)

Becky said...

Mouth-watering! You just reminded me how much I love pesto. Do you like red pesto too? I'm reading this at 11.40pm and now all I can think about is pizza..............