Tasty Thursday: Pesto

So this is weird. This is my last installment of Tasty Thursday ever! I'll be done next Thursday, and Kylie will be taking over. I've loved bringing different recipes each week and providing fun alternatives to home cooked favorites. So here we go with our last Tasty Thursday!

I was introduced to Pesto my senior year of high school. I had no idea what it was, or what it could be used for until my friend Ryan invited me over to make pizza one night. He told me we were going to be making Pesto pizza, and even though I had no idea what it was, I was game. What a glorious night it was the first time I took a bite of our chicken and tomato pesto pizza. From then on, I decided that pesto was going to be a staple in my diet. Fast forward eight years and I still have a fond love of pesto. The great thing about it is that it is so versatile and can be used in so many different dishes. Now, you can go and buy a container of pesto at the store (and there are many different varieties) or you can try and make it yourself. The ingredients and process of making it is easy!

How to make pesto:
Blend 8 cups packed basil leaves, 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts, 2 to 4 garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor until almost smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese. (via foodnetwork.com)

Pretty easy, right? Yes...yes it is. Now you have the base for so many thing. Here's just a few ideas how you can use your pesto!

Pesto Pizza

Instead of using a red sauce with your pizza, take pesto and spread it underneath the cheese. I prefer using toppings like chicken and peppers with the pesto. SO GOOD!

Pesto Scrambled Eggs

Infuse your scrambled eggs with pesto before putting them in the pan. It will increase the tastiness factor and you'll love your life just a bit more.

Pesto Corn on the Cob

Instead of rubbing your corn on the cob with butter, rub it with pesto instead. Your veggies never tasted so good!

For an even bigger list of fun pesto things to do, check out this article by the Food Network. SO...MUCH...PESTO!!!!

What is your favorite way to use pesto?

Seth P.