Spicy Cilantro Pesto

Foodista Cookbook Entry

Category: Side Dishes | Blog URL: http://just-making-noise.blogspot.com/2009/08/spicy-cilantro-pesto.html

This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.


2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
4 garlic, peeled
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup olive oil


Place cilantro in food processor or blender. Pulse till well chopped. Add garlic, sea salt, pepitas and chili powder. Chop well.
Using attachment for adding liquids drop by drop and, while running, add olive oil to form a thick paste. Scoop paste into pint jars and store in fridge or freezer.




While making this I decided to make it more Mexican style. Instead of the traditional pine nuts... I used pepitas and even added a big dash of hot chili powder to give it a little kick. It tasted delicious topped on raw cheddar cheese... hmmmm! There is so much you can do with pesto and I love how it freezes so well! You can store them in small pint mason jars and store one in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Pesto is good for a couple weeks in the fridge and up to a month or longer in the freezer.

This recipe makes about 1 cup of pesto and I made about 4-5 cups of pesto. I’ve found the best way to keep the flavors consistent is by making it in small batches. It is also easier to process.


6.0 servings


Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 9:47pm


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