Friday, February 6, 2009

Filipino Style Pesto

There was a surplus of Basil leaves at home today, hhhmmm...what to do?? Basil--oh yeah, pesto! I read on one of the blogs I follow that her Italian grandmother made pesto the old-fashioned way using a mortar and pestle which I've always wanted to try. Wonders of all wonders, my ancient mortar and pestle was still there--so off to work I went. Basil is traditionally made with pine nuts, which I didn't have at home so I substituted it with garlicky fried peanuts instead. There was also no parmesan cheese but plenty of Queso de Bola (Edam Cheese). I crushed 4 cloves of garlic (I heart garlic!), added a handful of washed and dried Basil leaves, pounded the mixture until the basil and garlic were fragrant and mashed. I spooned out some queso de bola and flaked tuyo (dried salted fish usually fried and eaten for breakfast) and poured about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Making pesto the old-fashioned way took triple the time it takes to use the food processor but the taste is unbelievably superior too! Yummy!!


jeng said...

can't wait to try this recipe at home. looks really delish. =)

Sunny said...

ooh, i remember that... that was yummmmmmmm... i think i finished that whole thing off... or didn't i? maybe i didn't eat enough of it, bwahahaha