My darlings, this is one of my absolute favorite things. One of those things that makes you happy all over. It brings a smile to my face whenever I know that super fresh basil is available so that I am able to make it. Basil & Pecan Pesto is a variation of plain ole pesto but with a little Texas flair. To me, pesto is good any way you can make it. Purple curly leaf basil is most delicious as an alternative to the traditional green basil but you will probably have to grow that yourself (not ever a bad idea) as I have not found it in any grocery store.
Here are the ingredients:
4 ounce package of fresh basil
1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
1/8 cup or more if needed of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 large cloves of garlic
1/2 lightly roasted pecans
2-3 tbsp. water
salt & pepper to taste
Just whirl the ingredients up in your food processor and it’s like magic! I find that the process works the best when you just put all of the ingredients into the food processor with the exception of the olive oil. Process it for a second or two just to give it all a rough chop, then stream in the olive oil while at low speed until it is well blended. It will be a beautiful bright green color.
This Basil & Pecan Pesto is perfect on pasta, as a sandwich spread, or an accompaniment with grilled meats like chicken or lamb.
Calling all mushroom and bacon lovers! The Bacon Bello Roll with Feta is definitely for you! With it’s sautéed mushroom goodness wrapped in delicate puff pastry, how could you possibly go wrong? Perfect to serve as an appetizer or as a light meal anytime.
Heat olive oil in a sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until tender.
Add parsley and bacon. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
In a medium sized glass bowl, add feta, parmesan, salt & pepper.
Lay out each puff pastry sheet and spoon half of the mushroom filling on each sheet. Spreading out in an even layer.
Roll the puff pastry and place seam side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool prior to slicing.
Serve as an appetizer or add a simple green salad on the side for a lovely light meal.