Spring is here and summer is coming ... and I'm the first one runn'n.
Ok... old country song lyrics! Regarless, Pesto season is here! Be it kale, dandelion or basil pesto there is likely to be some green in your garden to make this tasty treat with!
There will be no need for that Starbucks Pesto Panini once you make this fresh at home. The flavor will be so much better along with the healthy ingredients. Not to mention it makes the perfect tea time treat.
So let's get to the grub!
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Oh, how I love pesto. It’s so bright and fresh, yet cheesy and nutty. It’s like the perfect savory sauce. These tasty tea sandwiches can be made with either leftover roast turkey or left over roasted chicken.
As I mentioned above you can use the greens that you have on hand or even those you have preserved. From collards, chard, mustard greens, dandelion greens, kale, radish greens and of course the traditional basil. This recipe ensures that you will have pesto yumminess all year around.
Jill Winger makes a fabulous pesto and has given us permission to reprint that recipe here from her book, The Prairie Homestead Cookbook that just won the Reading the West Award for Cooking!
Her recipe really makes this sandwich something to look forward too.
First we need to make the fabulous pesto! If you don't already have The Prairie Homestead Cookbook you can grab it here. It's worth every penny and then some. It's a great basic cookbook from learning to cook from scratch and then it has great advanced recipes as well. It must be pretty good to beat out the Pioneer Woman in the Reading the West Book awards!
This particular recipe makes two sandwiches, perfect for that tea for two or easily doubled, quadrupled for a crowd. This "better-than-starbucks' Turkey Pesto sandwich is sure to fill the belly and nourish along the way.
Well that made me hungry so it's time for lunch! I hope that you enjoy this tasty tea time sandwich as much as we do. If you loved this recipe grab more fabulous whole food recipes here on the blog.
What type of green will you use to make your pesto? Let me know in the comments below!
My name is CeAnne, wife to my Farmer and mama to 4 adopted kiddos. I help farm lov'n mama's (and grandmas) turn common herbs into powerful medicines without being overwhelmed. Here you will find all sorts of nourishing goodness on natural medicine, herb gardening and wholesome real foods. Read more about our farm HERE.