Yeah, yeah, I've already been called obsessed in regards to nettles (RISHA!). But being obsessed about nettles is not such a bad thing, they are so good for you! We've got so many of them I figure why the heck not try and figure out something new! I guess, to some, it might look like barf, but to me, it looks like a nutritious heaven. So, after a friend of mine told me about making nettle pesto, I picked up some pine nuts and got to work. Isn't this pesto so beautiful, such a very rich green.
I've made pesto before, and even looked up some recipes before I made this, but really, it all comes down to your own tastes. So, . . . I'm going to give you this recipe "the Greek way", . . . meaning there aren't going to be any measurements, it's going to be more like a handful of "this" and a pinch of "that" (at least that's how my yaya used to do it!). Anyway, be brave, experiment and have fun! Nettles are yummy!
A large pot full of freshly cut nettles.
A few cloves of garlic
Two large handfuls of pine nuts
A large handful of grated parmesan cheese
A pinch (or two or three) of sea salt
Note: If you want to make your pesto in a mortar and pestle (how do you think "pesto" got it's name?), it may take more time but the outcome is supposed to be way better than using a cuisinart. Me? I took the speedy route and my results were still delicious. Here's what I did:
-Place nuts, cheese and garlic into cuisinart.
-De-sting your nettles by placing nettles in boiling water to blanch for 1-2 minutes.
-Use tongs to remove hot nettles and put in colander, squeeze out any extra water.
-Add nettles to cusinart, plus a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil.
-Taste and add any extra flavorings, or more olive oil if too thick.
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I served some under a bed of baked cod that night, a little went a long way. It was GOOD. Pesto is strong wether it be with nettles, basil or whatever greens. I've also put some in the freezer to have at a later date as I've been told it freezes well. Anyway, that's all for now folks! Hope you enjoy your nettle pesto!