Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wine Food Pairing Releases the Pesto Manifesto!

Did you know that Olive oil based pesto is considered to be the oldest "oil" based sauce in history? Wine food pairing thought that perhaps you would like to know this next time you break out your mortar and pestle to whip up a batch of this tasty basil inspired sauce!

I love to keep fresh basil in the herb garden and when the spirit moves me pesto makes such a great compliment to so many dishes, but one of my faves is pesto and pasta. This is totally delish as a quick meal and you can either do it straight with the pesto only or add some fresh mushrooms, chicken and grated parm on top ... OH BOY ..... yummers!

The Pesto Manifesto:
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves .. really pack the leaves in
  • 1/2 cup EVOO
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • a couple of garlic cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Romano cheese
Make sure that you clean the basil of stems and flowers and get busy with the mortar and pestle. It is great for your wrist exercise or if you prefer, a food processor works great also .... lol.

Some people like to add a pinch of sugar to bring out the extra flavors and you can also squeeze it a bit of lemon juice to keep it from turning brown. Other folks, like myself, just store it with a layer of Olive oil on top. Any way you do it is one terrific way to spice up your meals!

The other night I did the pasta routine and served a crisp chilled Italian Pinot Grigio from Santa Margarita. It was refreshing and just perfect for a summertime meal.

Wine food pairing can be simple and tasty with the pesto manifesto. CHEERS!


1 comment:

Jude said...

Cool headline... This is one of my favorite things to make as summer winds down.