Five Herb Pesto

Five Herb Pesto Recipe

Last week we updated the collection at QUITOKEETO, for summer, and sprinkled some new recipes across the shop site as well. One of the recipes I did was this simple twist on a classic pesto. It starts with toasted coriander seeds smashed with garlic and salt, before you work in almonds and lots of lemon zest. I chose a mix of fresh basil, arugula, oregano, chives as the blend of herbs, and immediately noted how much I Iike the chives for their strength and fragrance. There's lots of grated Pecorino cheese, and a final thinning with good olive oil. Bright, summery, and a offbeat - it's all the things I love. It looks familiar, like a straight-ahead basil pesto, and then takes you a bit by surprise. Anyhow, it's easy, and I thought you might give it a try. And if not this one, perhaps one of the other recipes.

Five Herb Pesto Recipe

Other new recipes in the QK archive:
- Milk & Honeydew Granita
- Cultured Honeydew Butter (you can make it with honey as well!)
- Tomato Buttermilk Dressing
- White Peach Maple Soda

Welcome summer! -h
p.s. I'm sure a number of you will ask about the mortar & pestle. It sold out quickly, but we should be getting another 100 to list by next Monday (thank you Magnus!). An email will go out if you're on the QK mailing list. xo

Five Herb Pesto

1 1/2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 large clove garlic, peeled
a handful sliced almonds, toasted (cooled)
zest of one lemon

50 medium basil leaves
a handful of arugula leaves
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
1/4 cup minced chives
3/4 cup grated Pecorino cheese
~1/4 cup / 60 ml extra virgin olive oil

Toast the coriander seeds in a dry skillet until fragrant, and grind finely using a mortar and pestle. Add the salt and garlic and crush into a paste. Add the almonds and lemon zest and smash into a nut butter. Start working the basil in, a few leaves at a time, then the arugula, and oregano. Blend until consistent. Stir in the chives and cheese with a fork, before using the pestle to gradually work in the olive oil. Taste and adjust to your liking.

Makes about 2/3 cup.

Prep time: 15 minutes

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  • I nice blend of herbs etc. I especially like the Pecorino touch...and my sweet basil is flourishing right now. I'm going to try this.

    ItalianGirlCooks
  • Fresh and summery, sounds like the perfect pesto combination! Your white peach maple soda looks gorgeous, I added it to my recipe ideas list too! Thanks.

    Ketmala
  • I love seeing fresh, complex flavored yet simple recipes like this one. I rely on simple pestos as they are one of my favorite flavor boosters for most everything from fish to pastas. It's easy to get in a comfortable 'rut' when it comes to staples such as pesto so finding a new favorite like this one is such a treat. XO

    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamilly
  • i love seeing your hands in the shot! those hands have made so much amazing food over the years. WOW. always and inspiration heidi, thank you.

    ariyele
  • Interesting! I've never made pesto with mortar & pestle. I usually just throw it all into a food processor... I like that this is much more intimate and so different than the typical basil, garlic, parmesan mix.

    Allie @ The Nutritional Epiphany
  • Fabulous and gawwwgeous. And the bracelets are pimp too.

    HS: Thanks Bev, I picked them up in Jodphur, and they've been on ever since. I've tried to bring them in for the shop, but trying to communicate that I want these exact bangles, and then ensuring quality, conflict-free, etc....yeah,making my head explode. Might be a good excuse to go back though? ;)

    Bev @ Bev Cooks
  • Totally random question: Where did you get the gorgeous dress you are wearing in the "wrapping cloth" photo?

    HS: Hi jmbh - thanks! It's a Sofie d'Hoore dress from a few years ago. Super easy and comfortable, I've nearly worn it to death.

    jmbh
  • I have a huge bunch of fresh herbs that I got from the farmers market. This will be a great recipe to put the majority of them to use. On my blog I wrote about the health benefits of fresh herbs.

    Whitney
  • awesome recipe! love that you used 5 herbs!

    celyn
  • Oh-so-timely! I was just plotting pesto inspirations--Vietnamese with peanuts came to mind, and then this... Offbeat, as you say, but intriguing. Can't wait to try it (and that peach soda too)!

    Amanda
  • I've always been a basil pesto lover, but ever since I've started making pesto with other herbs, I've fallen in love with it even more. It's such a wonderful condiment that really elevates any vegetable dish. And with the abundance of seasonal herbs available, I will be trying your version, which I'm sure I'll love.

    Nourish Your Roots
  • Now I want pesto.... come on baby garden basils, grow babies, grow! Looks perfect, thank you :)

    Kelly
  • I love seeing fresh, complex flavored yet simple recipes like this one. I rely on simple pestos as they are one of my favorite flavor boosters for most everything from fish to pastas. It's easy to get in a comfortable 'rut' when it comes to staples such as pesto so finding a new favorite like this one is such a treat. XO

    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamilly
  • I happen to have some Pecorino cheese on hand for another recipe I made yesterday and I almost never buy it! It was meant to be that you posted this. It's beautiful and perfect timing!

    Averie @ Averie Cooks
  • Sounds like summer!

    Emily
  • This will become one of those staples with which I can fool people into thinking I know my way around a kitchen:) Thank you so much.

    janet
  • I love this twist on pesto. Just this afternoon while in our garden, I was noticing how the chives have gone wild with proliferation. I can't wait to put them to good use, with this idea!

    Dan from Patter Talk
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