The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165215   Message #4063560
Posted By: Steve Shaw
09-Jul-20 - 06:31 PM
Thread Name: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Don't be tempted to over-elaborate. Just really good olive oil, garlic and FRESH basil. It's a sort of stripped-down pesto, no pine nuts, no cheese. Keep it that way. I love the simplicity of Italian cooking. All it takes is the finest ingredients you can lay your hands on. I got that from St Marcella and I'm sticking to it! And no dried basil, not ever. Ruinous stuff.

On pesto, I don't know what it's like your end, but I won't buy ready-made pesto. It's unfailingly horrible. Pesto needs your finest olive oil, freshly-peeled garlic and basil that you've just gathered yourself, as well as freshly-grated Parmesan from that big chunk in your fridge and pine nuts that are so good you can hardly resist just tipping the pack into your mouth. No sunflower oil, no dried this or reconstituted that.

I make a special pesto for bruschetta topping that also includes sun-dried tomatoes, but I may have mentioned it before...