7 Ways to Use this Easier-Than-Pesto Sauce
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Emily April 16, 2018
I do use herby oils (carrot tops, fresh mint, cilantro, etc.), but sometimes I will throw in some tahini or spice it up with a jalapeno as well. Always with good olive oil and lemon!!!
FrugalCat April 14, 2018
One of the few convenience foods I am a fan of are those Garden Gourmet herbs in a tube (like toothpaste). When I do buy fresh herbs, I like to do something like this to use up all the excess. I freeze it in ice cube portions and they are handy to have for seasoning.
Stephanie B. April 9, 2018
I'm going to try this with the mass of carrot tops I have. I was going to make pesto, but now I'm thinking a simpler herb oil with a bit of lemon juice to bring out the flavor of the carrot greens might be the way to go - I like the idea of adding garlic later as you use up the herb oil.
Stephanie B. April 14, 2018
Well I haven't used it on anything yet, just tossed in the freezer, but it tasted good. Just carrot greens, olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon. The carrot greens are mildly herby, so I think the lemon was a good call to round out and enhance the flavor. In the future I would cut the stems higher up, as they were a little fibrous where I started. I can see this going with LOTS of foods: brushed on focaccias and flatbreads, mixed into light salad dressings or grilled/roasted veggies, it would go well with chicken or even mixed into a chimichurri for steak. But I think the first thing I'm going to do is use it to make a springy olio e aglio. I had made carrot pesto before, but I like the simplicity of this better since the carrot tops are easily overwhelmed (in my opinion). One pleasant surprise of herb oil over pesto is you can really taste the olive oil in this - I'd be curious to try this again with a really peppery olive oil. Really glad I gave this a try!
HalfPint April 9, 2018
I would use the herby oils. I've used Patricia Wells' light basil sauce for years now and I find it makes a better pesto pasta (with the addition of an egg yolk) than the pesto with the nuts.
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