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Sunday, December 6, 2009
Recipe: Green beans with pecan pesto
I love to make pestos of all kinds, varying the ingredients -- different herbs instead of or along with the traditional basil, various nuts in place of the pine nuts, and so on. This pecan version is a healthy-foodie winner as it has no cheese and less oil than many pesto recipes do.
If you have leftover pesto, wrap two-tablespoon portions in plastic wrap and freeze. Defrost and use with pasta, in a salad dressing or even as a sandwich spread.
Recipe: Green Beans with Pecan PestoServes 6
Ingredients: 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, packed 1/2 cup Italian parsley, packed 1 large clove of garlic, minced 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 pounds French green beans (or haricots verts)
Instructions: Puree all ingredients except beans in a food processor until smooth. Cook beans in boiling salted water until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse in cold water to stop cooking. Toss beans with one-half of the pesto, or more if you want. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
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