Friday, April 2, 2010

Basil Pesto Dip / Spread

Basil Pesto Dip / Spread

You can use purchased pesto in this simple recipe, or make your own Pesto using fresh basil from your garden. This also makes a great sandwich spread.
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup basil pesto
3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

In medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well to blend. Chill. Served with raw veggies, crackers or chips for dipping, or as a sandwich spread. 16 servings.

Basil Pesto
2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2 cup chopped cashews
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1-2 Tbsp. water

Place basil, garlic, cashews, and cheese in food processor. Start processing, and add olive oil in a steady stream. Process until a paste is formed. Add a bit of water if necessary to form the correct consistency. Either use immediately, refrigerate with plastic wrap pressed onto the surface, or freeze in 2 Tbsp. amounts.

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