Happy Mama’s Day!

9 May 2010

I think my own mother would hate these, but pink and green does seem the right color scheme for Mommy’s Day.

Radish pistachio pesto

Lest you think I am original (or just weird), dear readers, rest assured that other people like radish pesto, too.

Radish leaves from 1 bunch radishes, tough stalks removed  |  palmful salt  |  large handful parsley  |  parmesan cheese  |  1 small clove garlic  |  pistachios  |  pistachio oil  |  ½ lemon

Blanch the radish leaves. (Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil. When that has happened, add the salt, and then the radish leaves. After 30 seconds, remove from heat and drain well. Don’t worry too much about ‘refreshing’ your radish leaves in cold water, though. It’s not that important.)

Squeeze out the radish leaves and place in a small food processor with the parsley, a small grating of parmesan cheese, the garlic clove (or half of it, if raw garlic scares you), a palmful of pistachios, a good glug of pistachio oil, and a squeeze of the lemon. Process, taste, and repeat until satisfied. I like a relatively small amount of cheese, the full clove of garlic, and a good bit of pistachio oil + lemon.

As crostini: Serve on hearty crackers or little toasts with thinly sliced radishes. An over-under scheme looks quite cute on the plate.

With the leftovers: Fold into omelettes or toss into just-cooked spaghetti.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Julia May 11, 2010 at 20:35

I do not believe that anybody’s mother would hate these! Even if that mother did not care for all the particular flavors of this dish, I am sure she would be thrilled to decorate her plate with these most elegant hors d’oeuvres…or maybe these do not count as hors d’oeuvres and should be called something else!?!?!?! Whatever ?!?!, they are CHARMING and perfect for Mama’s Day.


Flo Hope May 12, 2010 at 09:17

I happen to adore radishes and will try this very interesting pesto very soon. I will let you know!

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