Spinach Pesto

Baby Spinach growing in the hoop house, March 2011

I know the new Baby Spinach coming our way is so amazing at this time of the year, that many of us just use it in a salad to enjoy the freshness and the beautiful colour and the marvellous scent.  So good, you can practically feel the nutrition and energy going directly into your veins once you eat Spinach. Remember Popeye the Sailor Man and how fast his muscles grew when he ate his spinach in order to save Olive Oyl?

Spinach Pesto is a new idea that I have discovered, which has so many uses, and especially that basil season is a way off, Pesto comes to mind, as does Florentine Rice and even impressive Spanakopita. This recipe can be used in sandwiches along with your favourite cheese to make gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches.

SPINACH PESTO

  • 1 cup spinach packed
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, or grated parmesan
  • 3 Tblsp olive oil
  • 2 Tblsp chopped walnuts toasted, or pine nuts toasted
  • salt and pepper

Place all in food processor and pulse until well combined.

Use in a combination of ways.

Spread on crusty bread and grilled till bubbly makes a nice accompaniment to lasagna dinners or a side to a soup.

I love this pesto tossed in a of a pile of pasta for lunch or dinner with a fresh tomato salad on the side.

Add a couple of large spoonfuls to brown rice towards the end of the cooking time to make a wonderful Florentine Rice.

Put a tablespoon of pesto inside 8″ square of Phylo dough, folding it into many layers making a pouch. Bake till golden, makes a Spanakopita. Or alternatively, make it on a baking sheet with layers of dough on the bottom and top and the pesto smeared in a thick layer in the middle. Cut into squares or triangles once removed from the oven.  This is a nice hor’ derve.

A nice Panini grilled cheese: with your favourite cheese, smoked or brie or old-fashioned cheddar.  Spread a layer of pesto on one slice of bread or Panini.  Layer on the cheese, put the lid on the sandwich.  Spread butter on both the top and bottom of the sandwich and grill to a golden brown, with the cheese oozing out.  Mmmmm good!

Poked inside a breast of chicken which then gets breaded with panko crumbs, and baked makes a wonderful Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast.

I can go on.  Please let me know what you have done with this recipe.

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