Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
"I’ll admit, for weeks I did not know what this R post would contain. I had no idea what to make, but with a delightful foodie gift from a friend yesterday, it all became clear. I was given scapes, curly tendrils of green that come up from hard necked garlic plants, and presto, my pesto thoughts ran wild. This is a really nice dip that is fast and easy to make. It’s a great alternative to guacamole or a sour cream based dip. I roasted red peppers on the grill (but you can keep it easy and get a jar of roasted reds if you prefer, just drain first), peeled and seeded them. Then I put the peppers, GO-On Tap Basil EVOO, chopped scapes, freshly grated parm cheese, roasted walnuts, a pinch salt and ground black pepper into my food processor. Done. Easy. Delicious. The scapes bring a lovely soft garlic flavor profile to the pesto versus a sharper, more pungent raw garlic clove hit. If you’d prefer, add fresh basil to the mix. You can add chili flake for a kickier dip as well. Garlic Mushroom, Spanish Signature or even the Blood Orange EVOOs from Grapes & Olives On Tap would be nice options instead of the Basil EVOO that I used. If you’re watching carbs, this would be great spooned over roasted cauliflower. Or, spoon over softened, cream cheese and dip crackers into. As always, honor your appetite. Play with your food."