Basil Pesto is one of those items where you look at it and wonder “is it a sauce or is it a condiment?”
For me it can be both since it can be used in pasta or as a pizza sauce or as a condiment/dipping sauce for grilled shrimp or scallops.
Here is a “simple but tasty” Classic Basil Pesto.
– 2 Quarts Fresh Basil
– 1 ½ cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– 4 Ounces Pine Nuts
– 6 Garlic cloves
– 1 ½ Teaspoons Salt
– 5 Ounces Fresh grated Parmesan
– 1 ½ Ounces fresh grated Romano
– Wash and drain the Basil well
– Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend to a coarse paste
– Remove the Pesto to a clean bowl and blend in the cheese
There you have it a “simple but tasty” dish.
Mayonnaise has, for the longest time, enjoyed the reputation of being that plain condiment that you add to a dish to make it creamy—- like in Tuna or Chicken Salad sandwiches—- or used on a burger or dog and yes… I put Mayo on my hot dogs.
Well Mayo has enjoyed a face lift of sorts the past little while in that you can now find it in different flavors and one of the most popular flavors is Chipotle Mayo. Now Chipotle is not some uber exotic ingredient that requires trekking days into a disease ridden swamp to find in fact it’s really nothing more than a Smoked Jalapeno pepper and even though it’s not the uber exotic ingredient you might think it sure tastes like it.
Chipotle Mayo has two things in common that you will find in 99% of all Chipotle mayo recipes…. Garlic and Chipotles in Adobo sauce and it’s the Adobo sauce that gives Chipotle Mayo its distinctive reddish hue (see the attached photo) however being the wild man that I am I prefer to smoke my own Jalapenos and do without the adobo sauce. You don’t get the same color but the taste, which is the important part, is the same and it’s great with french fries or on a Curried Chicken burger (see grilled chicken for the Curried Chicken burger recipe).
– 2 Smoked Jalapenos
– 4 Garlic cloves
– 1 Teaspoon Salt
– 1 Teaspoon pepper
– ½ Cup Mayo
– Stem and de-seed the Smoked Jalapenos
– In a food processor add all the ingredients EXCEPT the Mayo
– Pulse until a paste is formed
– Blend the Chipotle mixture with the Mayo until well incorporated.
– Refrigerate until needed
This is a “simple but tasty” dish to add to your repertoire and if you are not lucky enough to have a backyard smoker or stove top model then smoke the Jalapenos in your oven using a smoke pouch (soaked wood chips placed in a tin foil envelope with holes punched in it) at 250 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.