Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Cilantro Pesto

Cilantro.  You either love it or hate it.  If you love it, I am about to become your new best friend.  What?  You already have a best friend!  Well, did your current best friend share with you a cilantro pesto recipe that quite possibly is the best cilantro pesto recipe on the planet?  See.  I thought so.

So, new best bud, guess what I did this week?  Yep.  I cleaned out my vegetable crisper drawer.  All I can say is thank goodness those plastic bags can safely hold liquid, which is what some of the veggies had become.  One of things I discovered besides liquefied dill, parsley, and lettuce were  3 bags of cilantro.  Because apparently I have a terrible fear of being without cilantro (which is entirely understandable).  So, I spent the next twenty minutes or so perusing through my cookbooks figuring out what to do with my cilantro mother load.   It was only twenty minutes because I stopped as soon as I found Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto in The Herbfarm Cookbookby Jerry Traunfeld.  I had everything I needed, pumpkin seeds in the freezer and a fresh jalapeƱo just waiting to be picked. 

Ready to buzz

OMG.  This was amazing.  Seriously, seriously amazing.  You could use this on anything, it could go on grilled fish, or chicken, or meat.  It could be used as a salsa over nachos or tacos.   Stirred into pasta or to dress veggies.  Or you could simply stand at your counter and just spoon it into your mouth, while you pretend that you are just tasting it to make sure it’s seasoned right.  

Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

  • 1/4 cup hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cups (gently packed) fresh cilantro leaves and tender sprigs
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoons seeded and coarsely chopped jalapeno pepper (I left the seeds in because I am bold)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Toast the pumpkin seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat.  When you hear the first seed pop, start stirring or shaking the pan continuously.  The pumpkin seeds will puff up.  When most of the seeds are puffed up, pour the seeds on a paper towel to cool.

In a food processor process the seeds and all of the ingredients except the olive oil until it’s finely ground.  Then pour the olive oil in a smooth steady stream, until the mixture is creamy and fairly smooth. 

(I then stored mine in cute little glass jars in the freezer, so that I can have this whenever I want, which will be all the time!)

 

 

This will be my entry for Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Anh from Food Lover's Journey.

Cookbook used:



P.S. Did you notice!?! It's only taken me years and years and years, but I finally figured out how to put a picture in my header. Yay me! Expect small cosmetic changes as I figure out how to do other things!

30 comments:

KarenV said...

Oh yum! I love coriander ;) and will definitely be having a go at this.

You just left me a comment about the yoyos I'm making - if you look at the previous post I wrote, there's a link to the Moda Bake Shop project just above the yoyo photo in that post (about half way down). Thanks for visiting!

zurin said...

You are my new best friend Pam! i am so making this because I have cilantro all the time (even teh liquid in plastic bag version)and pumpkin seeds aren't as uppity as pine nuts. Pine nuts would make me poor. They are quite expensive here. N if you say this is amazing Im believing you.

once in a blue moon... said...

i am laughing at zurin saying pumpkin not so uppity! i am now looking for the perfect pumpkin to join in your merriment~

Ty'sMommy said...

Oh holy goodness.... I am LOVING this! I'm going to have to give it a shit the next time I find some gorgeous cilantro.

Kat said...

How did you do that header? Nice addition. I love the jars of pesto.

Judi said...

You new header looks great. Yea you! It is especially nice that these are your photos.

Once I'm settled in my new place and I've unpacked my new food processor, I'm definitely trying this pesto.

shabby girl said...

New BFF!!! Oh my Lord, I love cilantro! Never enough cilantro!
Love your new header too! Great job!

Joan's Good Life said...

Awesome! Okay, so I made this but I put my mixture into heart shaped silicon ice trays. (That's what I do with all of my pesto recipe's and extra tomato pastes just because it is so much easier to just pick out a heart or two instead of waiting for the content of a jar to thaw out!) This stuff is YUM! Thanks Pam!

Amy said...

*raises hand* I'm a cilantro hater, but I love love pesto and pumpkin seeds. So, how can I get around this? Parsley substitution, perhaps? Hm.

JC said...

I like your header photo ...

Joy said...

LOVE the pictures in your header! Great used for your excellent photos. Cilantro Pesto??? not so much. Although, I'm sure it's delicious if you like cilantro! The jars look beautiful!

Marjie said...

And you're using those adorable little jars again! I'm so jealous!

merrilymarylee said...

I love cilantro. At dinner with a group of four, two loved it, two hated it. You're right--there's no in-between. (Julia Child hated it. :( )

As someone who is pretty sure she can go through her vegetable drawer and her freezer without coming up with 3 bags of cilantro (one, probably) and pumpkin seeds, I'll have to wait until fall to try this one.

April in CT said...

Forgot to add, I LOVE those little jars and your header is gorgeous!

April in CT said...

I'm a cilantro freak!! I can't wait to give this a try!

I'm sorry, but I had a right nice little giggle over Ty'sMommy's typo. LOL

Peet said...

Yum, this looks so good!

Also, love your new header - looks great!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I found a recipe similar to this and did not make it. I must try yours this week. Thanks.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Pam, How is your summer so far???? Enjoying some time OFF???? (Dumb question!!! ha)

Love your header... You are getting more and more creative.

I like Cilantro---but the pesto with pumpkin seed also sounds terrific. Thanks!!!

Have a great 4th of July. God Bless America.
Hugs,
Betsy

Mags said...

I'm sitting here crying because I'm not your new best friend. Do you suppose I could substitute parsley for the dreaded cilantro?

LOVE the jars!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

You have a new best friend! I love cilantro and I always have pumpkin seeds in the house. I love this!

Cindy said...

It's wicked good on grilled tuna!

a good yarn said...

One of those occasions when the *before* photo looks rather better than the *after* one. How pretty the ingredients look.

Antoinette said...

Cilantro lover here! Somehow it brings me some inner comfort to know that you also find veggies in the bags in the crisper, more aqueous than they should be.

Debinhawaii said...

I have the book--how did I miss this recipe. Going to bookmark it now--yum!

Loving the header--I need to figure out how to do that one of these days. ;-)

Joanne said...

Cilantro is far and above my favorite herb...although I have to say it is usually the one that liquefies before parsley. Always.

I love finding new pesto combinations! Super yum. Also, that header. You like NICE girl!

grace said...

all pesto should be made using cilantro. the end, and amen. :)

Chris said...

I'm a cilantro lover. Those other people are just wrong:)

Julie said...

This sounds just super! I love the new header :)

theUngourmet said...

Oh. Yum. I love pesto! I love your cilantro version. Must try!

Anonymous said...

Pam, this pesto recipe is heavenly! It has every ingredient that I enjoy – cilantro, pumpkin seeds, garlic, jalapenos.

I made it last Saturday afternoon and served it mixed with farfalle (that cute little bow tie pasta) and with a sprinkling of crumbled Gorgonzola on top. With a chilled glass of Moscato alongside, I experienced a different level of dining!

Incidentally, the jalapeno added an undertaste of mild heat that was out of this world!