|Written by Dena Bolton|
Intro:Â Traditionally pesto is made with sweet basil, garlic, parsley, pine nuts, and olive oil.Â I, however, tend to make a pesto with whatever herb in my garden happens to catch my eye or my taste buds.Â
My husband grills a lot of pork, and I think that apple just goes extremely well with pork.Â This apple mint pesto, therefore, makes a good topping for pork or can be used as a dip instead of using barbecue sauce.Â You might find other uses for it, too.
â€˘2 cups apple mint leaves, loosely packed
â€˘3 ounces parmesan cheese, freshly grated
â€˘ÂĽ cup pine nuts, toasted
â€˘Â˝ cup extra virgin olive oil
Step 1:Â Combine all of the ingredients except the extra virgin olive oil in a blender or food processor.
Step 2:Â Chop in the blender over low speed.
Step 3:Â While the blender or food processor is running, slowly add the extra virgin olive oil.Â Continue blending until smooth.Â If necessary, add more olive oil.
Step 4:Â Season to taste and serve.
â€˘You do not absolutely have to add the pine nuts.
â€˘You can add 2-4 garlic gloves if you wish.
â€˘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.