Mint-Pistachio Pesto

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Author Notes: I love mint and pistachios and really, pesto is of the gods. I'm going to serve this with grilled steaks, tortillas and corn tonight! I also think it'd be fantastic with grilled peaches!em-i-lis

Food52 Review: WHO: em-i-lis is a stay-at-home mom and avid cook.
WHAT: A stunningly simple pesto as you've never seen it before with mint, pistachio, and lime.
HOW: If you can turn your food processor on, you can make this pesto -- but a mortar and pestle is welcome, too.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The pesto's slightly chunky texture allows the individual flavors to shine through while adding them all up into something even greater. And what wouldn't be better with a dollop of pesto on it?
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Serves 2

  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup roasted, salted, shelled pistachios
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1/4 lime
  1. Put the mint leaves, pistachios, garlic and salt into a small food processor or into a mortar. Process or crush until coarsely ground. In a steady stream, add the oil and lime juice until the consistency is of your liking. Voila!
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3 months ago paul.taxicullen

Simple & delicious... great recipe!

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3 months ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, paul.taxicullen! Thrilled you enjoyed it!

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10 months ago Hfacemcgee

This was amazing! I've been growing mint in my garden for the past couple of months and wondering what to do with it. I used partly pistachios, partly pine nuts (it's what I had in the cupboard) and had it with pasta and a salad. So minty-fresh :D

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10 months ago em-i-lis

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Fantastic, Hayley!! Thanks for letting me know!! :)

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about 1 year ago borntobeworn

I used more garlic & lime and less salt. Delicious!!

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about 1 year ago em-i-lis

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I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

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about 1 year ago JanetFL

I am reduced to eating it right out of the bowl! Put it on anything and everything! Thank you again, Emily.

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about 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, Janet! :) Have you tried it on grilled peaches yet? I did that a few weeks back and thought it was a treat!

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about 1 year ago JanetFL

I did, Emily, and it was a treat!

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about 1 year ago em-i-lis

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oh, yes, of course! i'm sorry i forgot!

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about 1 year ago ohhsusannah

A smashing success. I am obsessed.

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about 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Thank you SO much, ohhsusannah! I'm so happy you like it!

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over 1 year ago SuzChef

Has anyone tried freezing this?

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Hi SuzChef, I've never had enough leftover to freeze but I suspect it would do fine. Perhaps you could test-run a tablespoon or so and see what happens? Please let me know!

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over 1 year ago millicent

just made it, so easy and so yum!!

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over 1 year ago em-i-lis

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Hi Millicent, Thank you!! I love its ease and do think it's delish! I'm glad you liked it!

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about 2 years ago juliana

I put this delicious pesto over Israeli cous cous and corn--bright summer meal. I'll be making this again and again!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much for your note, Juliana! I'm really happy you enjoyed the pesto, and your use of it sounds wonderful!!!

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about 2 years ago Cndy

I made this tonight with grilled lamb chops. It was heavenly!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Oh, I'm so glad!! Thank you for writing!

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about 2 years ago JanetFL

This pesto was fabulous on grilled peaches, Em!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Oh wow, Janet, thank you! Can you believe i have not tried that combo yet?! I'm so glad you did and that it was so good. :)

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about 2 years ago MrsBeeton

We had a pesto with mint and toasted pumpkin seeds on a recent trip to Salzburg (it was served with tagliatelle)--it was divine, and I'm guessing this is, too! Thanks for a great recipe!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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ooh, that does sound marvelous. thank you so much for your note. i hope you like this if you try it. :)

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about 2 years ago bodeswell

This is pretty spectacular; it should be the centerpiece of any meal it's applied to. I was dubious about the lime juice, but that was a perfect foil for the unctuousness of the other ingredients. I did keep adding olive oil until it reached the consistency I wanted, but I would guess it's hard to overwhelm these flavors, so keep pouring. The nuts seem to soak up the oil; this may vary depending on how old and how roasted they are.

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about 2 years ago EatDrinkLyon

Ah....mine aren't roasted with salt (can't get here in Lyon) but were quite moist /soft to begin with. I'll add a bit more oil... Thanks for the advice. too good to waste!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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thank you so much for the compliment, bodeswell and for the advice to eatdrinklyon! let us know how it turns out!

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about 2 years ago EatDrinkLyon

I made this but....it didn't turn out like the picture at all! In fact, I've ended up with a sort of thick 'mint-pistachio nut butter'. I added more lime juice - can't add much more oil for fear of totally overwhelming the flavour with olive oil.... Disappointed because the ingredients weren't cheap! I'm going to smear it on bruschetta with some creamy white beans on top so it won't be wasted, but I had planned to drizzle it on salmon. At the moment it's a big thick blob, can't be drizzled! ! Nice flavours though.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Oh dear, I haven't experienced this at all. Anyone else? I'm sorry yours didn't turn out!

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about 2 years ago Waverly

Congratulations! The combination of mint and pistachios sounds summery and fresh. I can't wait to try it.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, waverly!! I hope you like it.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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I just want to say thank you to all of you for your warm and wonderful support. What a terrific community. Many, many thanks!!!

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Congratulations on your win! Very well deserved!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, inpatskitchen. I really appreciate your note!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Well deserved Congrats!! Can't wait to try this.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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i really appreciate that, gingerroot! hope you like it!

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about 2 years ago chimera

Yay Em!!! I'll make this when I get back to NJ - we're swimming in mint at the local store. So excited for you!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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thank you so much!!!

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about 2 years ago healthierkitchen

Woo hoo! look forward to making this!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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thank you, w! i hope you enjoy!!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Hip hip hurrah! Congrats on the win!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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huge thanks, 5&S! ;)

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Congratulations, so happy for you!! Such wonderful recipe and a well deserved win.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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thank you so much, suzanne. that means a lot to me!

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about 2 years ago boulangere

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Congratulations to you! imagine that being sung to the tune of Happy Birthday, and thank your lucky stars you can't hear me singing!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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i would love it even if i could hear you singing. ;)

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Congratulations, em! What a great version of pesto.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, hla! I really appreciate that!!

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about 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Congrats Emily! This pesto sounds lovely. And delicious!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, Liz!!!

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about 2 years ago calendargirl

Emily, this is definitely going to go on some peaches I just got at the farmers' market. It also occurred to me it could be kind of amazing on coconut gelato. Congratulations!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much calendargirl!! Do let me know how you like it on the peaches and if you try the gelato. Neat idea!! :)

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about 2 years ago Sugartoast

Yipeeeee! CONGRATULATIONS, dear you!!!! A quintessential Em-i-lis recipe: beautiful seasonal ingredients offering an ingenious twist on a classic dish.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much for this lovely(!), complimentary note, sugartoast! Wow! :)

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about 2 years ago Bevi

Congrats! This sounds wonderful!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, Bevi!!

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about 2 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Great take on pesto, congratulations!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thanks so much, Maria Teresa!

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about 2 years ago healthierkitchen

Congrats Emily!! This sounds terrific!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, Wendy!! Hope you are doing well!

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about 2 years ago fiveandspice

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Congratulations em-i-lis!!! I'm so excited this is a finalist! I think we have all the ingredients for it around, so it is going to go on the menu very soon!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Oh, fantastic, fiveandspice. Thanks so much for your note!!!

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about 2 years ago Madhuja

This looks amazing em-i-lis! Congratulations on being a finalist!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thanks a million, Madhuja!!

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about 2 years ago Summer of Eggplant

I tested this recipe and I can say first hand it is something special.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Wow! Thank you so much, summer of eggplant!!! I really appreciate that!

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about 2 years ago Summer of Eggplant

Woo-Hoo! Congratulations!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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huge thanks, summer of e!!

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about 2 years ago EmilyC

Many congrats on being a finalist!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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thank you, emily!!

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about 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations! This is a terrific flavor combination and I can imagine enjoying it all summer long.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thanks, Hannah!! I hope you like it!

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about 2 years ago JanetFL

Congratulations to you, Em! I knew you'd be a finalist!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you, Janet!! I really appreciate that!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Congrats em-i-lis! This sounds fabulous.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, gingerroot!!!!

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about 2 years ago Midge

Yay em-i-lis! Can't wait to try this!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you, Midge!! I hope you like it! I'm still eating your rhubarb scones...

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about 2 years ago drbabs

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Congratulations on being a finalist, em!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, drb!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Congrats Em on the finalist nod, totally deserved. A great recipe!!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you Suzanne! This means a lot to me!

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about 2 years ago boulangere

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Congratulations, Em!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you, b!! :)

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about 2 years ago savorthis

Congrats! We make a green couscous with an herby paste similar to this with mint and tarragon and pistachios folded in. I like the idea of blending it all together and agree it sounds great with lamb or grilled peaches.

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you savorthis! Your couscous sounds marvelous!

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about 2 years ago meganvt01

Congrats on being a finalist em-i-lis!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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thank you so much, megan! wow! I'm so shocked and thrilled!! :)

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about 2 years ago meganvt01

@ janet - Lamb sounds perfect with this pesto!! on the menu for this weekend - this looks awesome.

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about 2 years ago JanetFL

You will love it! I've saved your winning recipe and can't wait to try it!

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about 2 years ago JanetFL

I can confirm that it is delicious on grilled lamb.....and also spread on baguette slices with goat cheese. Very versatile!

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thank you so much, JanetFL! I'm glad you tried it and let us know!!!

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about 2 years ago JanetFL

Our Colorado peaches are slow to market this summer but this is definitely on my peach recipe list!

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about 2 years ago Dourmet

As soon as I saw this recipe I thought, this must be incredible with grilled lamb! Can't wait to try it! I bet it would make a great topping to a lamb burger, maybe with a bit of crumbled feta on top....

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about 2 years ago em-i-lis

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Thanks, Dourmet! Your idea sounds great!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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Yes delicious with steak and I could definitely have with peaches too! I think it would make an amazing marinade for lamb also. Love this!