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How to Make Apple Mint Pesto

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Written by Dena Bolton   

Apple Mint Pesto



Intro:  Traditionally pesto is made with sweet basil, garlic, parsley, pine nuts, and olive oil.  I, however, tend to make a pesto with whatever herb in my garden happens to catch my eye or my taste buds. 

My husband grills a lot of pork, and I think that apple just goes extremely well with pork.  This apple mint pesto, therefore, makes a good topping for pork or can be used as a dip instead of using barbecue sauce.  You might find other uses for it, too.


•2 cups apple mint leaves, loosely packed

•3 ounces parmesan cheese, freshly grated

•¼ cup pine nuts, toasted

•½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Step 1:  Combine all of the ingredients except the extra virgin olive oil in a blender or food processor.

Step 2:  Chop in the blender over low speed.

Step 3:  While the blender or food processor is running, slowly add the extra virgin olive oil.  Continue blending until smooth.  If necessary, add more olive oil.

Step 4:  Season to taste and serve.


•You do not absolutely have to add the pine nuts.

•You can add 2-4 garlic gloves if you wish.

•You might also want to stir in some finely-chopped pieces of apple after your pesto is ready to add more apple flavor and to give your pesto a little crunch.

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nonar21 said:

That sounds so good.
March 12, 2010
Votes: +0

luv2rite0419 said:

this sounds wonderful i will be trying this
March 12, 2010
Votes: +1

Rob said:

I definitely want to try this apple mint pesto. *****
March 15, 2010
Votes: +0

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