Swiss Chard Pesto

May 1, 2012

Swiss Chard Pesto

Rani Olson, Tucson CSA

1 bunch swiss chard, any variety
5-7 cloves garlic
1/2 cup raw or toasted nuts: best choices are almonds, walnuts,pine nuts, or hulled pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 tablespoon lemon or lime juice, or a good vinegar.
1/2 cup good oil (extra virgin olive oil is my preference)
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika OR cumin, or to taste
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon water, optional

In food processor, mince garlic.  Add nuts and blend until finely chopped.  Add swiss chard, lemon/lime/vinegar, salt, and other seasoning (paprika or cumin).  Pulse until combined.

Add oil slowly while food processor is blending.  Add more oil or a little water to thin and to make slightly more creamy. Process until smooth.  Add more salt and pepper to taste.

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