'Tis the season for all things basil, no?
Nothing quite says summer to me as pesto sauce! Well... ok maybe except for iced tea, but what kind of a tea sommelier would I be, if I didn't included tea on the list?
While pesto is basically great smeared on anything, aside from maybe chocolate... hmm. I'm always looking for great ways to use it. Today I'm sharing two yummy recipes that we love. Roasted Garlic Basil Crustini and Turkey Pesto Tea Sandwiches.
Normally when I think of pesto sauce it involves a lot of pasta and some fresh bread. Or if I dive deep into my childhood memories there is this bagel from a fancy bagel shop smothered in pesto sauce and topped with some parmesan and dried olives and tomatoes. YUM!
Ok, ok... coming back to you now and leaving memory land.
In the dog daze of summer pesto is great to have on hand. Not only is basil more affordable this time of year but its pretty easy to grow by seed and have in the garden. Or even pick up a pot of it already started and continue to water and use as it grows. Trader Joe's usually has some fabulous organic ones or check out your local nursery.
If we are not growing ours I try to get it at the local health food store that buys it from a local farm. Its much fresher and usually more abundant than the ones that come in the tiny plastic clam shells.
First its time to make the pesto!
First up the Turkey Pesto Sands! Pesto, it’s so bright and fresh, yet cheesy and nutty. It’s like the perfect savory sauce. These tastytea sandwiches can be made with either leftover roast turkey or roasted chicken. This sandwich is sure to fill the belly and nourish along the way.
This recipe makes two sandwiches, perfect for that tea for two. Easily doubled, quadrupled or made for a crowd as well.
“Bread and water can so easily be made into toast and tea.” I’ve always loved this quote and it just captures the essence of how simple or how delicate tea time can be made. These little Roasted Garlic Pesto Crostini’s are either the perfect lunch or a delicate part of an appetizer tray.
There you have it! TWO more ways to use up that tasty summer basil and get s a good dose of yummy pesto in your diet. What are your favorite ways to use pesto? Do you use any other greens other than basil to make yours?
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