Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pesto Crostini



Just in time for Labor Day, my 3 basil plants are calling for a haircut.

I guess a big batch of pesto is in order. Some for me, some for my freezer.

I used uber fresh local mozzarella packed in water, a few of the measly cherry tomatoes from my vine and drizzled the crostini with this amazing balsamic syrup that Marie told me about.

This can only be eaten in the summer, so get it while it's fresh!

End of Summer Pesto Crostini:

to make pesto:

2 cups of packed basil leaves
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup of walnuts or pine nuts
1 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup of good olive oil
balsamic syrup

Process all ingredients in a food processor and place in small containers for the freezer or use some now. Lasts 2 weeks in the fridge.



Toast up some baguette slices and spread with the basil pesto.

Top with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese and throw some chopped cherry tomatoes on top.

Drizzle with some good balsamic syrup. Garnish w/ basil leaves (which I forgot to do before the photo!).



Enjoy!

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8 comments:

The Japanese Redneck said...

Those are gonna taste so good

Ciao Chow Linda said...

oh yes, you're reminding me it's time to make pesto for the freezer - and to get some of that balsamic vinegar you're talking about. I could eat these for lunch and call it quits there.

Joanne said...

I'm fairly certain that pesto and balsamic syrup make everything in life better.

All Things Yummy said...

Oh yum, I love pesto with some grilled bread. Delicious!

Amie said...

Yum um um! That looks like the perfect summer is coming to an end lets reap the rewards of the garden and sit back and relax kind of dish. And I must admit I also immediately bought the Mandarano Balsamic Glaze (2 bottles) after reading about it on Proud Italian Cook - it's amazing!!!!!

Oui Chef said...

For me there is NOTHING that smells or tastes better than freshly made basil pesto. I'd bathe in the stuff if I could. - S

Proud Italian Cook said...

Your pesto looks amazing! I'm so glad you got some glaze, isn't it the best? I could drink it!

tasteofbeirut said...

Yummy! I would eat these and forget the main dish!