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So, I had a crazy idea at work today.

Blueberry Pesto.
2 cups basil leaves.
2 cloves walnuts
.5 cup walnuts or pinenuts
.75 pt blueberries.
1.5 tbl sugar.
Fat pinch of salt.
Roughly 2/3 cup olive oil.

Set oven to 270 degrees. Spread nuts on pan and toast for 45 minutes (check frequently if using pinenuts.)

Reserve oil.

Add everything else to blender. Blend on slow. Slowlyy add oil until desired consistency.

I did very rough estimates of all these ingridients. i lightly stuffed my 2 c liquid measure with basil from the garden. It was about a fist full of walnuts and a little less than .75 pt of beries. I think more blueberries would be pretty darn good, actually. The subar helps emphasize the berries because the basil is pretty strong.

Note that it does turn an unfortunate brown-blue color but throw it over chicken or tofu and you won't care. It could be much pretties with more blueberries though. :)
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quincidence From: quincidence Date: August 3rd, 2007 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
well I wasn't hungry... but now i am... NUTZ! I mean BERRIES!!!!
abmann From: abmann Date: August 3rd, 2007 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn straight.

It was either tis or dry the berries. Dried blueberries could be good in cereal. :)
quincidence From: quincidence Date: August 3rd, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
you're not helping!!!!!!!!
I don't usually like processed or anything but fresh blueberries.. but damn it! now I need waffles with berries
blackdreams From: blackdreams Date: August 3rd, 2007 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG that sounds so good!!!! Sounds a bit hard too though. SO you eat it over chicken or tofu? I was thinking.....I don't know. Sounds interesting, I will totally have to try it. Thanks chef!
abmann From: abmann Date: August 3rd, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
The hardest part was picking the basil. You seriously just drop everything but the oil in a blender and turn it on.

You should join this: healthmadfood.
blackdreams From: blackdreams Date: August 3rd, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will. :)

My blender broke yerserday. :( But I have a food processor that I usually use to make pesto & sauces.

I need 2 new kitchen appliances now. New blender, and your toaster/toaster oven. (It calls to me)
abmann From: abmann Date: August 3rd, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Food processor should do it fine too. You just need spinning blades. You could also go old school and use a mortar and pestle.
blackdreams From: blackdreams Date: August 3rd, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooo, I have that too.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: August 3rd, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you:

1) Use pinenuts (not walnuts), and toast them first.
2) Freshly pick your basil.
3) Make your pesto first before adding the blueberries; plus add parsley to stabalize the oxidation of the clorifile in the basil (i.e. make it really grean).
4) Then blanch or render your blueberries.
5) Then combine your blueberries last...

You'll avoid the poopy blueberry color and instead have a very vibrant sauce. Possible alternative would be to puree the blueberries with oil and then handmix sauce 1 and 2, but I'm not sure what that would look like.

Good job though.
abmann From: abmann Date: August 3rd, 2007 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice. I'll have to try that with the next sauce.
Pinenuts are just too darn expensive.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: August 3rd, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not if you steal them.

Small things are free.

Like diamonds.

And uranium.
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