Grilled Spring Onion Pesto

By • April 23, 2012 • 10 Comments



Author Notes: This recipe is a minor revamping of a Charred Green Onion Pesto I made last summer to go with grilled flank steak. http://www.food52.com/recipes/13408_grilled_flank_steak_with_charred_green_onion_pesto
Spring onions generally have a rounded bulb and their greens are more robust than scallions. They also have a more pungent flavor. Because the greens are sturdier, they don't char as much on the grill as green onions. This pesto is great served warm with grilled steak or tossed with roasted or grilled potatoes. If you can't find spring onions, scallions make a fine substitute - pick the fattest ones you can find, and use 2 bunches.
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Makes about 1 1/3 cups

  • 1/2 cup tamari roasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 medium clove garlic, coarsely chopped
  • zest from one medium to large lemon
  • juice from half of the lemon
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 medium spring onions (about 10 ounces)
  • grape seed or canola oil
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (I'm sure salted would be fine, I just haven't tried it)
  1. Preheat your grill to medium (direct heat.)
  2. Place almonds in bowl of food processor with blade attachment. Pulse 5 to 6 times then process for 10 to 15 seconds, until no large chunks of almonds remain. Add the parsley, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Remove roots and any unattractive greens from the onions. Trim 1/2 to 1 inch off the ends of the greens. Lightly coat with oil, then season with salt.
  4. Grill onions about 90 seconds on each side, until they are softened and grill marks have formed. Remove the onions to a cutting board.
  5. If any greens have become overly blackened, discard them. Coarsely chop the remaining onions, then add to the food processor bowl. Pulse 6 to 8 times; scrape the sides of the bowl. Process for several seconds, then pour the melted butter into the feed tube. Stop, and scrape the bowl, then process for an additional 10 to 15 seconds until it looks like pesto. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

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about 2 years ago wssmom

Loved the charred green onion pesto, this sounds even better!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you, wssmom! It's a bit more onion-forward than the previous version.

Henrykiss

about 2 years ago arielleclementine

great idea! our markets are lousy with spring onions- will definitely be trying this!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, ac! You're lucky! I had to go to 4 different stores to find spring onions here.

Sausage2

about 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Mmm, definitely making this to go with steak as soon as we get some spring onions up here.

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you, 5&S. Spring onions were the only spring allium I could find here!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Sounds amazingly delicious, hla. Well done!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, mrsL! It's pretty darn delicious.

Meg_b_f52

about 2 years ago meganvt01

This is awesome - on the menu with grilled flank steak this weekend!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, meganvto1! That's exactly what I had with it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.