How to Make Pesto – Part 2 – Kale Pesto
Kale is one of my favorite greens. No offense to spinach, chard, and collards. I just extra love kale. I love that it’s sturdy enough to be turned into chips, but that it’s softness can be brought out in a Massaged Kale Salad.
Plus, it’s an awesome shade of green. I love green.
This pesto comes together so quickly. I changed things up a bit from the Basil Pesto in part one of the pesto series. But, if you wanted to, you could just sub the kale for the basil in that recipe.
The main difference with the Kale Pesto is I omitted the nuts. Nothing wrong with nuts, just wanted to try something different. I also added some lemon (zest and juice) and some spices.
Other than those changes, the rest is the same. Lots of garlic, some parmesan, and olive oil.
I like to use my awesome KitchenAid hand blender, but a food processor or regular blender would work just fine.
It made enough to overflow this little jar, so I used a few scoops on the Spicy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes that I’d made the same day.
Do this. Today.
Other ways to use your pesto could be:
Roasted Chicken and some Crispy Potatoes (or hello, with the Spicy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes!).
Cheddar and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwich and dip it into some Roasted Tomato Soup. (Shoot! I’ve already eaten lunch! Why didn’t I make this?!)
Kidney Bean and Kale Chili (with plenty of spicy chile peppers) – serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a spoonful of pesto, and a slice of lemon for squeezing over the top.
Sauté mushrooms and onions and top with pesto once cooked.
Roasted Pesto Topped Potatoes (new potatoes, or larger potatoes cut into bigger chunks, tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne, and chili powder, roasted until crispy outside, tender inside – 350F, 25-40 minutes, depending on the size of the chunks, serve topped with pesto).
- 1 bunch kale, washed well and stripped from stems (save stems for stock)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 C olive oil
- to taste salt
- 1/4 C parmesan cheese
- dash cayenne or red pepper flakes
- pinch lemon zest
- pinch ginger
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Place all ingredients in a blending apparatus. Blend for at least 60 seconds, stopping and scraping down the sides if needed.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if desired.