Asian Flavored Pesto

October 4, 2010

Asian Flavored Pesto

Sara Jones, Tucson CSA

We tend to think of basil as an Italian herb, but it is widely
used throughout Asia as well. This is a take on a basic pesto,
substituting peanuts or sesame seeds for the traditional Italian
pine nuts. It will make a great sauce for noodles. You can
also make it without any nuts, to use as an addition to soups.
It should freeze just as well as regular pesto, so make extra to
freeze into ice cubes that will add some excitement to your
wintertime produce.

2 large handfuls basil
1 tablespoon fresh ginger and/or lemongrass
Fresh chile or jalapeno, to taste
1 clove garlic
¼ cup peanuts or sesame seeds
2 tablespoons sesame oil
Dash of soy sauce, to taste

Pulse nuts in food processor or blender, until well ground.
Add garlic and fresh chile pepper and pulse again to
incorporate. Finish by adding the rest of the ingredients and
puree until smooth. Taste, and add more soy sauce, as
necessary.

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