Pacific Rim Pesto

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3/4 cup packed fresh basil (about 2-1/2 oz.)
3/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
1 Tbs. pine nuts
1 Tbs. macadamia nuts
1 Tbs. cashews
1 to 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1/4- to 1/2-in.-thick slice peeled, fresh ginger
2 Tbs. light olive oil
3/4 Tbs. sesame oil
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. Tabasco

Makes about 2/3 cup

All the flavors of Southeast Asian cooking come to life in this sauce. Unlike Italian-inspired pestos, this one contains no cheese, which is consistent with most Asian fare and allows the clean, complex flavors of the sauce to shine. This pesto is excellent with lamb or beef, but also complements baked or grilled fish.

Grind the basil, cilantro, nuts, garlic, and ginger in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Add the olive oil, sesame oil, lemon juice, and Tabasco, and process until blended. Taste and adjust ingredients according to your preference.

Recipe by Steven Van Yoder
February 2000
from issue #25

posted in: cilantro, pesto, sauce

Comments (6)

MarianPark writes: Looks delicious
Posted: 3:39 am on November 3rd
linkinburos writes: nice
Posted: 5:00 am on October 17th
LillyThorpe12 writes: it is very effective
Posted: 12:51 am on August 13th
jackmorris21 writes: Healthy and testy
Posted: 4:39 am on March 28th
jesushale writes: very useful.
Posted: 6:00 am on March 3rd
louisecooper writes: One of the best
Posted: 3:54 am on February 19th
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