Radish Leaf Pesto

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Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large handfuls of good looking radish leaves, stems removed
  • 1 ounce hard cheese, such as Pecorino or Parmesan, grated or shaved using a vegetable peeler
  • 1 ounce nuts, such as pistachios, almonds, or pinenuts (avoid walnuts, which make the end result too bitter in my opinion)
  • 1 clove garlic, germ removed, cut in four
  • a short ribbon of lemon zest, cut thinly from an organic lemon with a vegetable peeler (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to get the consistency you like
  • sal, pepper, ground chili pepper

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a food processor or blender or¬†mini-chopper, and process in short pulses until smooth. You will likely have to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. This produces a thick pesto; add more oil and pulse again to get the consistency you prefer. (This can also be done with a mortar and pestle; it’s great for your karma and your triceps.)

Taste, adjust the seasoning, and pack into an airtight container (I use a recycled glass jar). Use within a few days (it will keep longer if you pour a thin layer of oil on the surface) or freeze.

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