Walnut Nettle Pesto

Walnut pesto

Updated May 22, 2017 @ 12:42 pm


Also published on Medium.

Walnut Nettle Pesto

  • Serves: 4
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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces walnuts, shelled
  • 1 pound freshly picked stinging nettle leaves
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or walnut oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Toast walnuts in a 325F oven for 10 minutes.
  2. Pick the leaves off stinging nettles (make sure to wear gloves!).
  3. Wash the leaves, then blanch them for 1 minute before moving to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
  4. Squeeze as much water from leaves as possible, then chop them.
  5. Add about 1/4 of the walnuts and nettles to a food processor. When well mixed, add 2 1/2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and blend again.
  6. Continue adding walnuts, nettles, and oil in this manner until all the walnuts and nettles have been added and you achieve your desired consistency.
  7. Rough chop garlic cloves and mix into pesto with a spoon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Note:

Keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.


Also published on Medium.