Pistachio Mint Pesto

Traditionally speaking, I’m not the biggest pesto fan. I’m of course talking about the no frills basil and pine nut version. Maybe if I made my own I’d feel differently, but whenever I order something with pesto on it at a restaurant I don’t get that bright herby punch I’m expecting. I’ve made a couple unique pestoes on the blog before, Jalapeno and Beet, and we’ve loved both of them. The jalapeno one has been made multiple times already. And come to think of it, I have beets in the fridge right now without a planned future…

But today we’re talking about a new variety of pesto. One that exceeded my expectations! I had an abundance of mint and the internet at my fingertips. I decided to give this pesto twist a try and I am oh so glad I did! I don’t often work with pistachios, in fact, I tend to forget that they even exist. I don’t know why, they’re quite delicious!

I served the pesto over pasta originally. The leftovers brightened up my sandwiches during the week for lunch – I put cooked chicken, cheddar cheese, pesto, and spinach in a pita and gave it a quick toast in the toaster oven. Perfect.

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Pistachio Mint Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 C shelled pistachios
  • 1 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 C fresh mint
  • 1 C fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • juice 1 large lemon

Steps:

  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

*This recipe is adapted from Denise at http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/09/pistachio-mint-pesto.htmlhttp://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2015/09/pistachio-mint-pesto.html*

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#BundtBakers: Savory

4ae7b-bundtbakerspostI am pretty excited about this month’s #Bundtbakers theme. PJ of Seduce Your Tastebuds is hosting and selected the theme. #BundtBakers is a group of bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bundts with a common ingredient or theme. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient.

I’ve always wanted to be a rebel and bake a savory bundt with this group, but haven’t actually been brave enough to do so. I’m really not a good rule breaker, or liar. That’s all probably a good thing. Today was my chance to take the savory route! I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to make the deadline with all the craziness that’s been happening around here. Between dropped naps and teething-related fussiness it’s been hard for me to get in the kitchen as much as I’d like.

I took a recipe for Cheesy Tomato Quick Bread and doubled it to fit a bundt pan. I didn’t have enough butter so I used a combination of butter and Greek yogurt. I debated adding some sausage to the bread, too, but figured I should try it as is first. I settled with serving sausages alongside the bread for dinner. The bread not only smelled like pizza, it tasted like pizza too. Next time I’ll definitely add some chopped cooked sausage or pepperoni to it. Maybe mix in some bonus veggies, too! I wouldn’t hesitate to serve the bread with some marinara dipping sauce to really drive home the pizza vibe, either.

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This bundt was Treat’s first foray into the world of gluten, and he loved this bread. Cheese is definitely one of his favorite foods, so I can’t say I was surprised. I was, however, astounded at how much of the bread he shoveled in his little mouth. He also gnawed on the sausage as if he’d never eat again. This boy loves his food!

“Tastes Like Pizza” Bundt

Ingredients:

  • 4 C flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a bundt pan or two loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and pepper.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and yogurt until smooth. Mix in the eggs and buttermilk.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the stand mixer. Mix until just combined.
  5. Using a spoon, fold in the tomatoes. Fold in the cheese. Fold in the parsley.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out cleanly. Allow bread to cool slightly before unmolding.
  7. Bread can be served warm or at room temperature. Option to serve with marinara sauce.

*This recipe is adapted from Anita at http://www.hungrycouplenyc.com/2016/03/cheesy-tomato-quick-bread.html*

Tastes Like Pizza Bundt for #BundtBakers from Sew You Think You Can Cook

You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about #BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.

And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:

Bacon Cheddar Beer Bundt by The Queen of Scones

Blue Cheese and Pear Mini Bundt Cakes by Patty’s Cake

Breakfast Bundt Cake by Making Miracles

Dukkah, Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

Ham, Carrot & Beer Bundtlettes by I Love Bundt Cakes

Mexican Breakfast Bundt by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Mini Meatloaf Bundts and Sliders by Magnolia Days

Rosemary, Olive Oil & Polenta Bundt by The Cinnamon Scrolls

Sausage & Apple Cornbread Bundt Cake with a White Gravy Drizzle by The Freshman Cook

Savory Zucchini Cheesecake by Food Lust People Love

Southern Honey Drenched Jalapeño Cornbread by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

Stromboli Bundt Cake by Palatable Pastime