Bruce (Capt. Gizz) heard that! You want a “make-a-corpse-drool” pesto recipe for the holidays and beyond, and suggestions for a fine potable that would properly escort said green goo. Well ponder no longer. Check this out…
Da Gizz’s Great Pesto Recipe
- In a food processor, process about 3 oz. of fresh Parmesan cheese (crumble cheese into small pieces before processing.) Set cheese aside.
- Process two or three small cloves of garlic for about 5 seconds, until finely chopped.
- Add two cups (loosely packed) of fresh basil, 1/4 cup pine nuts, and 2/3 cup olive oil to the processor on top of the garlic. Process for about 45 seconds, until all is well mixed.
- Scrape down sides of bowl, then add in processed Parmesan cheese, process for another 5-10 seconds.
- Transfer to airtight container and refrigerate.
Yeah, that’s the ticket… Makes for a dandy entrance gift for that big holiday party.
OK… But with what to embellish your masterpiece? Well, you could fall back upon some heathen mix of pasta and Crudweiser, (the horror… the horror…) or you could boldly break tradition and try a simple bread or maybe something like Crown Pilot Crackers and an almost-respectable beer like Heineken. (Did someone say wine???)
The recipe holds the secret to Nirvana… There are two main players here – basil and garlic. Those make for a heapin’ helpin’ of earthy flavor. If you try to over power it with a dark beer or a strong red wine, you’ll end up with a taste that reminds one of how an electrical fire smells. On the other paw, if you wimp out, you’ll be rewarded with thin swamp drippings. Nope… Now more than ever, balance and texture (see above) are the answers. Look for a middle of the road white wine, or a humble red wine that knows its place.
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