July 14, 2008

Pesto Chicken - Fast and Easy

So what do give to the man who has everything when he turns 60? A party of course! My Uncle turned 60 this month and we threw him a party with all the family. Well my Uncle is a very healthy eater - organic and whatnot, so I knew I had to step up my game. I made grilled chicken tenderloins based with homemade pesto (see recipe below). We had potato salad with a vinegar base instead of mayo, fruit salad, deviled eggs, fresh bread and for dessert watermelon sorbet and birthday cake.

4 c basil leaves
3 cloves of chopped garlic
1/2 c pine nuts
1/2- 1 c olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 c grated Pecorino (or Parmesan) cheese

Put basil, garlic, and nuts in the food processor and blend.  Add oil through the hole in the top as it processing.  Finally add salt and cheese.  Freezes beautifully in small baggies or the Food Saver Vac Seal. Course, you could use this over pasta, but I like to think of new uses, like chicken, fish, or even on crusty bread.  Thin it out with more oil and some vinegar and you have a salad dressing.

1 comment:

  1. Happy birthday to your uncle! Pesto works its magic on so many dishes...this one looks fantastic. Simple and yummy.


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